A shark-tooth ornament from Pleistocene Sahul

Leavesley, Matthew G. (2007) A shark-tooth ornament from Pleistocene Sahul. Antiquity, 81 (312). pp. 308-315.

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The tooth of a tiger shark, perforated to make a pendant, was lost in New Ireland, New Guinea between 39500 and 28000 years ago. The author argues that this has to be the work of anatomically modern humans, and implies the use of symbolic language not only across the former continent of Sahul, but also Eurasia.

Item ID: 26601
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1745-1744
Keywords: archaeology, Pleistocene, Sahul, Papua New Guinea, New Ireland, ornament, shark, anatomically modern humans, behavioural modernity
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2013 02:39
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210106 Archaeology of New Guinea and Pacific Islands (excl New Zealand) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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