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Evidence discovered by the palaeo-anthropology department at Wits University in South Africa show ‘without a doub’t that people in an area called Border Cave were using digging sticks weighted with perforated stones around 44,000 years ago.

The findings were published online in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Doctor Lucinda Backwell, senior researcher in in South Africa, said: ‘The dating and analysis of archaeological material discovered at Border Cave in South Africa has allowed us to demonstrate that many elements of material culture that characterise the lifestyle of San hunter-gatherers were part of the culture and technology of the inhabitants of this site 44,000 years ago.’

Located in the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains in KwaZulu-Natal, the site has yielded exceptionally well-preserved organic material.



This is a statue of Cro Magnon (in France). If ever you have the chance go and visit the caves to go and see his magnificent paintings.