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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Gold Necklace Oldest in Americas

A gold necklace found near Lake Titicaca in Peru is the oldest hand-fashioned necklace ever discovered in the Americas.

The necklace, fashioned from what are believed to have been gold nuggets, is more than just a piece of jewelry; according to researchers, it indicates that the making and wearing of jewelry to indicate status and prestige is a custom older than once thought. Apparently, the custom stretches all the way back to more simple, hunter-gatherer, societies and shows that when it was made, the society in which the wearer lived was undergoing complex changes and sociological advancements.

Researchers believe it was made by using a hammer of some sort to flatten the gold nuggets around a cylindrical object to fashion tubing. It was found alongside an adult jawbone and is believed to have been worn by an adult female. It was obviously used to denote prestige and status/wealth, reinforcing the notion that this is a fundamental human need.

Perhaps this explains our society's current obsession with celebrity?

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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