Pea-Sized Shell: World's Oldest Jewelry?

An international research team has discovered three shell beads that are between 90,000 and 100,000 years old and suspect that they're ancient jewelry.

Two of the ancient beads come from Skhul Cave on the slopes of Mount Carmel in Israel. The other comes from the site of Oued Djebbana in Algeria.

The finds, which pre-date other ancient examples by 25,000 years, are described in the US journal Science.

The pea-sized items all have similar holes which would have allowed them to be strung together into a necklace or bracelet, the researchers believe.


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