Useless but Shiny: Israeli Archaeologists Find 300,000-year-old Trove of Pretty Pebbles

Prehistoric hominins had a sense of beauty, going by mysterious collection of colorful pebbles found in Qesem cave that had no obvious function

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The collection of pebbles found at the prehistoric site of Qesem cave, central Israel
A range of pretty but non-utile stones found at QesemCredit: Pavel Shrago
Ariel David
Ariel David
Qesem Cave Credit: Ran Barkai
A range of pretty but non-utile stones found at QesemCredit: Pavel Shrago
The Makapansgat ‘pebble of many faces’Credit: Wits University, YouTube

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