1868 Prehistoric Cromagnon necklace vignt

1868 Prehistoric Cromagnon necklace vignt

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Chromolithograph of perforated Cromagnon 30, 000 ybp ornaments (shell, ivory). Edouard Lartet and Henry Christy. "Reliquiae Aquitanicae" 1865-1875, Williams and Norgate, London 1875. They come from the site 'Abri de Cro-magnon' near the commune of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in southwestern France (Dordogne). They were discovered in March 1868 with other early human remains, during railway workings by workers of the firm of Berthoumeyrou. Authorities were called and M. Louis Lartet came to supervise the excavation. Louis Lartet writes, "Amidst the human remains lay a multitude of Marine Shells (about 300) each pierced with a hole, and nearly all belonging to a species Littorina littorea - other species such as Purpura lapillus and Turritella communis occur but in small numbers. These are also perforated, and, like the others used for necklaces, bracelets or other ornamental attire".

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