PICTURES: "Extraordinary" Ancient Skeletons Found

PICTURES: ''Extraordinary'' Ancient Skeletons Found
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An early Bronze Age woman is buried with decorative shell beads in the town of Oechlitz--one of several burials found during an ongoing archaeological dig in central Germany, experts said in October 2009.

In addition to the small shell discs--worn as decoration on clothing--copper and amber jewelry with hundreds of dog teeth have been found in the burials, which span several thousand years, according to a statement from the Saxony-Anhalt Office for Monument Protection and Archaeology, translated into English by Spiegel Online.

Ornaments such as shell beads are among the first signs of the shift to modern human behavior, which occurred at least 82,000 years ago, previous research suggests. (See "Is Bead Find Proof Modern Thought Began in Africa?")
—Photograph courtesy Saxony-Anhalt State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology
 
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