Stone Age fishing spear found on Southeast Asian island

Stone Age fishing spear found on Southeast Asian island

Carved bone points to ancient, complex hunting weapons near Indonesia

By Bruce Bower, 17:11 PM January 21, 2014

A 35,000-year-old piece of carved bone found on Timor, an island between Java and Papua New Guinea, indicates that complex hunting weapons were manufactured much earlier than previously thought in Australasia.

A team led by archaeologist Sue O’Connor of Australian National University in Canberra has unearthed, in a project that began in 2000, what it regards as the broken butt of a bone spear point. Three closely spaced notches and part of a fourth were carved on each side of the artifact, abo...

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