Stone Age best friends! Hunter-gatherers gave each other friendship pendants 6,000 years ago

They’re the ultimate sign of friendship for kids, and now a new study suggests that friendship pendants date back to the Stone Age.

Researchers from the University of Helsinki say that hunter-gatherers in northeastern Europe gave each other fragments of rings as a sign of friendship 6,000 years ago.

“These fragments of the same object can show the handprint and preferences of two individuals,” said Marja Ahola, who led the study.

“Maybe they wore the ornaments as a symbol of an established connection.”

Researchers from the University of Helsinki say hunter-gatherers in northeastern Europe gave each other ring fragments as a sign of friendship 6,000 years ago

The team focused on fragments found in the Lake Onega region of Finland and were even able to match some of the pieces together to form the complete ring.

The team focused on fragments found in the Lake Onega region of Finland and were even able to match some of the pieces together to form the complete ring.

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The slate ring fragments were discovered in northeastern Europe, with earlier studies suggesting that their fragmented state was simply the result of being buried underground.

However, in the new study, the researchers analyzed several fragments and suggest that they weren’t all broken by accident.

Instead, the team suggests they were purposely fragmented as part of maintaining social relationships, barter or ritual activities.

The team focused on ring fragments found in the Lake Onega region of Finland and were even able to match some pieces together to form the complete ring.

Because these matching fragments were found in different places, researchers suggest they were likely carried by different people.

In one case, researchers found a fragment in a settlement site and its corresponding piece in a burial site near the site.

“What we see here may be a way to maintain the connection between the living and the dead,” Ms Ahola said.

“It is also the first clear material link between a certain place of residence and a place of burial.

Because the matching fragments were found in two different locations, researchers suggest they were likely carried by two different people

Because the matching fragments were found in two different locations, researchers suggest they were likely carried by two different people

“In other words, the people who lived there most likely buried their dead in a site close to them.”

Using an X-ray fluorescence technique on 50 of the fragments, the researchers found that many were made in the Lake Onega region of Russia, hundreds of miles from the site where they were found.

“By comparing the elemental concentrations of the objects studied with the results published on the basis of international data sets, we were able to demonstrate that some of the ornaments or stone materials used in them were transported to Finland via an extensive network. exchange, mainly from the Lake Onega region,” said Docent Elisabeth Homqvist-Sipila, co-author of the study.

In one case, researchers found a fragment in a settlement site and its corresponding piece in a burial site near the site.

In one case, researchers found a fragment in a settlement site and its corresponding piece in a burial site near the site.

Ringed ornaments discovered in a hunter-gatherer burial from the early 4th millennium BC, positioned with amber pendants

Ringed ornaments discovered in a hunter-gatherer burial from the early 4th millennium BC, positioned with amber pendants

“There were also variations in the chemical composition of the objects, which correlates with their design.

“These factors indicate that the ornaments were produced in the Lake Onega area in several batches, most likely at different locations and by a number of manufacturers.”

This isn’t the first time researchers have found evidence of ancient friendship bracelets.

In 2020, a team from the University of Michigan found evidence that our ancestors traded ostrich eggshell jewelry 30,000 years ago.

The slate ring fragments were discovered in northeastern Europe, with earlier studies suggesting their fragmented state was simply the result of having been buried underground.

The slate ring fragments were discovered in northeastern Europe, with earlier studies suggesting their fragmented state was simply the result of having been buried underground.

The objects – shell fragments pierced with holes – would have acted as signs of the interpersonal connections that made up ancient social networks.

Experts studying beads found in the African country of Lesotho have shown that the tradition seen among modern hunter-gatherers has a longer history than expected.

Analysis of the elements in the beads revealed that they were passed from person to person, traveling up to 621 miles from where they were made.

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