A 100,000-Year-Old Ochre-Processing Workshop at Blombos Cave, South Africa

@article{Henshilwood2011A1O,
  title={A 100,000-Year-Old Ochre-Processing Workshop at Blombos Cave, South Africa},
  author={C. Henshilwood and F. d’Errico and Karen L. van Niekerk and Y. Coquinot and Z. Jacobs and S. Lauritzen and M. Menu and R. Garc{\'i}a-Moreno},
  journal={Science},
  year={2011},
  volume={334},
  pages={219 - 222}
}
Early humans mixed and stored ochre pigments in shells 100,000 years ago, an indication of the emergence of higher planning. The conceptual ability to source, combine, and store substances that enhance technology or social practices represents a benchmark in the evolution of complex human cognition. Excavations in 2008 at Blombos Cave, South Africa, revealed a processing workshop where a liquefied ochre-rich mixture was produced and stored in two Haliotis midae (abalone) shells 100,000 years… Expand
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