Native Village Youth and
Epic carving on fossil bone found in Vero Beach
Condensed by Native Village
In what a top Florida anthropologist is calling “the oldest, most
spectacular and rare work of art in the Americas,” an ancient bone
etched with a clear image of a walking mammoth or mastodon was found
in Vero Beach.
The bone was etched using highly sharpened stone tool or animal tooth. Tests show that the image was created when the bone was fresh, presumably right after the animal it belonged to was killed or died. The carving and surface are of the same age – 12,000 to 14,000 years old.
“Never before in the Western Hemisphere, has there been a bone from
an extinct species incised with a recognizable picture of an
animal,” said Dr. Barbara Purdy from the University of Florida. “It
would be ancient evidence that people living in the Americas during
the last Ice Age created artistic images of the animals they
photos: © 2009, VERO BEACH 32963
Background: Robert Kaufman Fabrics: http://www.robertkaufman.com/
NATIVE VILLAGE website was created for youth,
educators, families, and friends who wish to celebrate the rich,
diverse cultures of The Americas' First Peoples. We offer readers
two monthly publications: NATIVE VILLAGE Youth and Education News
and NATIVE VILLAGE Opportunities and Websites. Each issue
shares today's happenings in Indian country.