Ancient German Tools Discovered

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New research suggests intricately carved ivory tools recovered from a cave in Germany were used to make rope 40,000 years ago. Photo by University of Tübingen

We often get phone calls or emails asking us to help identify old tools.  In fact, it’s not that uncommon to see tools stamped with “West Germany” or “W. Germany” as was commonplace prior to the reunification of Germany.  One tool we have not seen is anything made out of bone or animal remains.

A recent discover in Hohle Fels Cave in southwestern Germany by a group of archeologists unearthed “a neatly preserved piece of mammoth ivory with intricate carvings” which after testing led scientist to believe this was to aide in rope making.  This tool help gives insight into how Paleolithic era civilizations lived & went about their daily routines.

It is neat to see the tradition of quality German tools evolve over time as new technologies and ideas are introduced.

For more information on this recent discovery please visit UPI and the University of Tübingen.

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