48,000 years ago, mankind survived because of these tools…

Ancient artefacts have been discovered in a cave in Sri Lanka, including the oldest bow and arrow technology ever discovered outside Africa.

Discovery of red ochre and shell beads in the Fa-Hien Lena Cave in Sri Lanka. The oldest tools, such as bone arrowheads, date back about 48,000 years.

Discovery of red ochre and shell beads in the Fa-Hien Lena Cave in Sri Lanka. The oldest tools, such as bone arrowheads, date back about 48,000 years.

Archaeologists have made a breathtaking discovery inside a cave covered with vegetation in southwest Sri Lanka, where they have unearthed an exceptional collection of ancient artifacts. They believe that some of these tools are part of the oldest survival equipment used by humans in the rainforests.

The oldest artifacts date back 48,000 years and the most recent 4,000 years, and include 130 bone arrowheads – the oldest found outside Africa -, 29 bone tools used to make bags and clothing, and a handful of decorative beads. Archaeologists have uncovered these objects during excavations in the region.Archaeologists have unearthed these artefacts during excavations in the region and believe they correspond to four different phases of human presence, with arrowheads and awl-shaped tools dating back to the earliest phase, and 30 objects have been carbon dated to allow researchers to establish a chronology and see how man has perfected the tools over the centuries.

“Most of the tools are made from monkey bones and many are carefully crafted into arrowheads,” said archaeologist Michelle Langley of Griffith University in Australia, who led the new study published in Science Advances magazine. “These objects are too small and light to be spearheads and far too heavy and blunt to have been used as darts.”

Tools made from bones and teeth have been used to hunt monkeys and squirrels or to make nets in Fa-Hien Lena, Sri Lanka.in the photo, you can see a shuttle to weave nets, a knife or a monkey tooth punch and a projectile point.

Tools made from bones and teeth have been used to hunt monkeys and squirrels or to make nets in Fa-Hien Lena, Sri Lanka.in the photo, you can see a shuttle to weave nets, a knife or a monkey tooth punch and a projectile point.

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