Archaeologists found in Indonesia remains the oldest fisherman on Earth

© Photo : ANUОстанки the oldest angler on the Earth from the island of TimorArchaeologists found in Indonesia remains the oldest fisherman on Earth© Photo : ANU

. Scientists from Australia found on one of the Islands of Indonesia, the ancient remains of women buried with her fishing hooks and gear about 12 thousand years ago, according to a paper published in the journal Antiquity.

«This discovery shows that the inhabitants of ALOR island was connected with the sea in life and in death. These hooks are similar in shape to similar devices produced by the people of Japan, Australia and many other parts of the world. We assume that all these people independently invented a similar hooks, but not learned to make them from the neighbors, as this form was the best for catching fish at that time,» said sue O’connor (Sue O’connor) from the Australian National University in Canberra.

O’connor and her colleagues for several decades, carried out excavations on the Sunda Islands, New Guinea and other pieces of Land in the seas of Southeast Asia, where in the past, lived the ancestors of Australian aborigines and modern peoples of Polynesia and Micronesia.

In 2011 they managed to make an incredible discovery – they dug in the cave Cerimeli on the East coast of the island of Timor fragments of ancient fishing hooks, whose age was approximately 11 and 23 thousand years, and bones of fish caught using them.

Unfortunately, as O’connor says, her team failed to find the remains of their alleged owners, what made this finding less valuable and probably not allowed to say that people have learned the art of fishing before the glaciers began to retreat at the last epoch of glaciation ended.

Australian archaeologists have continued excavations, affecting not only the Timorese but also the smaller Islands near its shores. In June 2014 they got lucky – they discovered on the island of ALOR, located a few kilometers to the North of Timor, the grave old woman that can be called «the oldest fisherman of the Earth.»

She was buried about 12 thousand years ago, which is approximately two times more than the age of the other graves of the people, where they found unequivocal evidence of the use of hooks and other fishing gear.

The presence of a necklace hook in the woman’s grave, as noted by O’connor, tells of several things. First, it suggests that the sea and fish played a huge role in the life of the ancient inhabitants of South-East Asia – they probably worshiped them and believed part of his afterlife.

Secondly, the fact that they were found in the tomb of the representatives of the «weaker sex», once again, suggests that stone age women participated in the production of food and other Affairs equally with men, than previously thought might be anthropologists, studying the traditions of modern tribes of Micronesia, Polynesia, and island Southeast Asia.

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