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    "Forty thousand years ago, a stone-age toolmaker carved a curious instrument from mammoth tusk. Twenty centimetres long, the ivory strip has four holes drilled in it, each lined with precisely cut spiral incisions.

    The purpose of this strange device was unclear when it was discovered in Hohle Fels cave in south-western Germany several years ago. It could have been part of a musical instrument or a religious object, it was suggested. But now scientists have concluded that it is the earliest known instrument for making rope. And its impact would have been revolutionary..."

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/...tory-stone-age

  • #2
    Oh the spirals are wear patterns, clever
    mark

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    • #3
      What's left of an ornate hash pipe

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      • #4
        I agree. I think the spiral grooves got in there from the fibers being pulled and twisted. I don't think they were initially carved at the beginning of the tool.
        Kansas City area

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        • #5
          I want to see a copy of it being used. Just in case things thing don't improve.

          Bob
          Bob, Central Arkansas

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          • #6
            Looks like Weaving tools to me. JR
            My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

            https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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            • #7
              Net making perhaps?
              mark

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