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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