Scientists Discover 40,000-Year-Old Bracelet Made By Something Other Than Our Ancestors

An astonishing discovery was made by archeologists at the Denisova Cave in the Bashelaksky Range of the Altai mountains, Siberia, Russia. A green bracelet was unearthed along with the bones of a woolly mammoth and other artifacts dating back 125,000 years. The bracelet, however, is of keen interest to scientists because of its sophistication. The 40,000 year old bracelet is the oldest piece of jewelry to have been discovered. Taking a closer look at the object, scientists believe that an ancient human race used drills which were just like modern tools. Here are some of the details about this intricate piece of jewelry that was unearthed from a Siberian Cave.




The bracelet was discovered beside ancient human remains of an extinct human species known as the Denisovan.

Bracelet found in a Siberian Cave
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The Denisovans were a mysterious species of hominins from the Homo genus, who are genetically different from both Homo sapiens and Neanderthals. After the first wave of Homo erectus as well as Homo sapiens, the Denisovans migrated out of Africa. The Denisova Cave was named after the mysterious extinct branch of humanity who were believed to have lived in and around the Altai Mountains of eastern Russia. The cave has obtained popularity after archeologists uncovered some of the artifacts hidden inside. In March of 2010, scientists discovered a finger bone fragment that belonged to a female who lived lived about 41,000 years ago. Various teeth samples were also unearthed from the cave which showed that the Denisovans had no morphological similarities to either Neanderthals or modern humans.

The green bracelet was discovered in the Altai Mountain range in 2008 but the pictures defining its glory has just now been released.

The green bracelet
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The unique green bracelet that was discovered beside ancient human remains dates back to around 40,000 years – according to Russian experts. The intricate piece of polished jewelry is believed to have been an ornament worn by a prehistoric princess. Chlorite, also known as salts of chlorous acid, is the main component used to create it. Experts analyzed and studied the bracelet for years where they determined the significance of the wearer. The Siberian Times reported that the rare item was exceptionally well made and required a great level of skill and expertise. This has also lead to the speculation that the these earliest humans were more technologically advanced than previously thought to be.




The hole in the bracelet was cut with great precision, indicating that it could only have been done with a high-rotation drill similar to those used today.

The green bracelet
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Experts who analyzed the bracelet found the hole to be drilled with great precision, which could only be done with a high-rotation drill similar to those used today. This led them to believe that the Denisovans were seemingly more skilled than Homo sapiens or Neanderthals. The jewelry was carefully polished to achieve perfection with a heavy pendant added in the centre. Scientists also added that the stone used to create it, Chlorite, was found more than 150 miles away from the cave.

Today, the jewelry is held at the Museum of History and Culture of the Peoples’ of Siberia. According to Anatoly Derevyanko, the Director of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science,

“The bracelet is stunning. In bright sunlight it reflects the sun rays, at night by the fire it casts a deep shade of green. It is unlikely it was used as an everyday jewellery piece. I believe this beautiful and very fragile bracelet was worn only for some exceptional moments.”





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Source: DailyMail, Digital Journal.

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