This is such an incredible find, no it’s beyond incredible.
The first evidence of humans fishing using items like spears, was dated at around 12,000 years ago, when archaeologists discovered some spearheads that was used for fishing on the Channel Islands of California.
So obviously this new discovery found in East Timor is major.
The Jerimalai shelter during excavation (Image: Susan O’Conner)
Sue O’Connor from the Australian National University in Canberra with her colleagues excavated the Jerimalai Shelter at East Timor and discovered a treasure trove of artefacts. In the cave the archaeologists found over 38,000 fish bones dating back 42,000 years, some of these bones were from deep sea fish such as tuna. They found bone fish hooks dating back 11,000 years, but the archaeologists cannot explain how the deep sea fish were caught. Did these people have boats way back then that were able to go out onto the open sea?
A complete shell fish hook from the Pleistocene levels of a cave in East Timor (Image: Susan O’Conner)
- If you would like to read about this find in East Timor there is an article in the
- If you would like to read more about the spearheads discoverd on the Channel Islands of California, I found an article in New Scientist.