As they do regularly, the people of Stone Pages bring us some archaeological news from around the world.
Most interesting to me this time is that, according to Elle Rogersdotter, one of every ten artifacts at the intriguing Indus Valley Civilization, the first civilization of South Asia, was for fun, including dice and gaming pieces.
The magnificent civilization, unlike others of its kind, does not include anything that can be interpreted as a temple or palace, confusing researchers used to think that elites were necessary for social organization. However other early civilizations of West Asia (Jericho, Çatalhöyuk) were also classless it seems.
Besides the many toys and games, the people of Mohenjo Daro also enjoyed other recreations like this huge public bath or swimming pool:
Other items I found notable in this newsletter are:
- Earthen burial urns (nannagadies) found but barely researched in Kerala
- Paleolithic fertility art found in Poland (already discussed in a wider entry)
- Mammoth engraving found in North America
- 10,000 years old stone carvings from Timor
- Australian stone semicircle is astronomical device, 10,000 years old