It’s been reported that the last Neanderthal necklace was found and it’s made from something pretty surprising – an ornament with eagle talons that was found for the first time on the Iberian Peninsula.
Eagle talons are regarded as the very first elements that have been used for jewelry by Neanderthals.
The practice spread around Southern Europe about 120,000 and 40,000 years also, according to the reports coming from SciTechDaily.
For the very first time, experts found evidence that the ornamental use of eagle talons is in the Iberian Peninsula.
It’s been also revealed that am article that has been published in the cover of the journal Science Advances addresses the findings – these took place in the site of the cave Foradada in Calafell.
Antonio Rodríguez-Hidalgo, a researcher at the Institute of Evolution in Africa (IDEA), reportedly led the article.
There’s really high interest in these findings, and this is due to the fact that this is the most modern piece of its kind from the Neanderthal period and it’s also the very first one that has been found in the Iberian Peninsula.
This is also “the last necklace made by the Neanderthals,” says Antonio Rodríguez-Hidalgo.
“Neanderthals used eagle talons as symbolic elements, probably as necklace pendants, from the beginnings of the mid-Palaeolithic,” he continued and explained.
The remains are from more than 39,000 years ago
The online pubcalition mentioned above notes that what researchers found in Cova Foradada are “bone remains from Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila Adalberti), from more than 39,000 years ago, with some marks that show these were used to take the talons so as to make pendants.”
It’s been also reported that the remains correspond to the left leg of a big eagle.
According to experts, the animal has not been manipulated for consumption, but only for symbolic reasons.
It’s also worth noting that eagle talons are the oldest ornamental elements in Europe.