Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Muzeum Ewolucji: Boomerang

In one of the exhibits at the museum of evolution there was a rather exciting case of stone age tools made from bone and ivory. Aside from some ivory carvings from France there was the world's oldest boomerang (I'm guessing a copy)The boomerang was found at Oblazowa in Poland and is thought to be 20,000 to 25,000 years old. It is made from a single piece of curved ivory with the grain running along it. The captions stated it was for hunting "medium" sized animals whatever they are. The range was stated as being about 60 metres. It was 2cm thick at the thickest point and tapered to quite sharp tips. The top side was convex and the bottom largely flat.
I was definitely pleased to have found the museum with this item as it is hard to find which museum anything is in. I'm not sure if this is one to re-create or not but it is a beautiful find.

2 comments:

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

Medium sized squirrels at a guess?
SBW

Torjus Gaaren said...

Great stuff! Wish Ivory was easier to come by these days. I am guessing closer to medium sized deer with that one.