Willendorf Venus

Venus of Willendorf figurine; Willendorf, Austria
-24000
-26000
Willendorf Venus
Age: 
About 26,000 - 24,000 years old
Site: 
Willendorf, Austria

Female torso in ivory

 Female Torso figurine; Dolni Vestonice, Czech Republic
-25000
-27000
Female torso in ivory
Age: 
About 27,000 - 25,000 years old
Site: 
Dolní Vĕstonice, Czech Republic

Carved Ivory Running Lion

Running lion carved from mammoth ivory; Pavlov, Czech Republic
-25000
-27000
Carved Ivory Running Lion
Age: 
About 27,000–25,000 years old
Site: 
Pavlov, Czech Republic

Ivory Horse Figurine

Ivory Horse; Lourdes, France
-15000
-15000
Ivory Horse Figurine
Age: 
About 15,000 years old
Site: 
Lourdes, France

Ivory Horse Sculpture

Made of mammoth ivory, this sculpture was found in a cave where humans gathered to eat animals they had hunted. Other sculptures from the same site depict mammoths, bison, and lions.

Ivory Horse Figurine,  Vogelherd, Germany
-31000
-32000
Ivory Horse Sculpture
Age: 
About 32,000–31,000 years old
Site: 
Vogelherd, Germany

Handaxe and Tektites from Bose, China

Smithsonian scientists and their Chinese colleagues found this and other handaxes in the same sediment layer with tektites, small rocks that formed during a meteor impact 803,000 years ago.

 Since the handaxes and tektites were in the same layer, both are the same age. Early humans must have moved into the area right after the impact. They may have made the handaxes from rocks that were exposed when forests burned.

Tektites from Bose, China
Handaxe, Bose, China
-803000
-803000
Handaxe and Tektites from Bose, China
Date of discovery: 
1996
Discovered by: 
A team led by Hou Yamei and Rick Potts
Age: 
About 803,000 years old
Site: 
Bose, China

Pottery Fragment

Jomon Pottery fragment with basketry impressions
-6000
-6000
Pottery Fragment
Age: 
About 6,000 years old
Site: 
Lake Anenuma, Honshu, Japan

Ishango Bone

This fossil mammal bone has three rows of tally marks along its length. They may have been used to add or multiply.

Ishango bone, Ishango, Democratic Republic of Congo
-25000
-250000
Ishango Bone
Age: 
About 25,000 years old
Site: 
Ishango, Democratic Republic of Congo

Handaxe from India

Handaxe, Isampur, India
-1100000
-1100000
Handaxe from India
Age: 
About 1.1 million years old
Site: 
Isampur, India

Handaxe from Europe

Handaxe, Meyral France (a)
-250000
-250000
Handaxe from Europe
Age: 
About 250,000 years old
Site: 
Meyral, France
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