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Artifacts of Great Antiquity

Artifacts of Great Antiquity

By Alice C. Linsley
January 31, 2018

The age of the earth and archaic human populations continues to be debated among Young Earth Creationists in their attempts to prove evolution wrong. Evolution stands on four main pillars: mutation, adaptation, natural selection, and common ancestry of apes and humans. Mutation and adaptation are facts. There is evidence for natural selection, but not sufficient evidence to hold this model as a law of biology. The pillar that should be questioned is common ancestry of apes and humans, for which there is no physical evidence. Even evolutionary paleontologists are having doubts about common ancestry.

From the perspective of anthropology, the deep time record of human activity is evident in the vast number of objects made and used by humans. Here is a short list. Note the 40 thousand+ custom of burial in red ochre.

2.5-3.4 million
Butchering flints found in Dikika, Ethiopia. This bone shows evidence of butchering.

1.5 million
Stone tools found in Saudi Arabia near the Red Sea from a time when the region was much wetter.

A large assemblage of handaxes excavated at Stratum 4a and 4b at the Kathu complex in South Africa. Large mammal remains have been identified at both strata.

Earliest known use of red ochre at site GnJh-03 in the Kapthurin Formation of East Africa, and at Twin Rivers in Zambia.

Heat-treated silicrete stone tools at Pinnacle Cave in South Africa.

More than 69 000 Stone Age implements have been found at Border Cave in the Lebombo Mountains.

Thomas Strasser and his team found hundreds of stone tools on Crete dating to between 100,000 and 130,000 years.

Incised red ochre stone found at Blombos Cave, Western Cape, South Africa

African projectiles

Barbed harpoon points (right) were used to spear catfish in Central Africa. Hundreds of bone harpoons have been found at the lake site of Ishango.

Mattress of reed and rushes

Engraved stone from the Blombos Cave in Southern Africa (below).

Python stone in Botswana

A small boy buried with a seashell pendant and covered in red ochre

A man buried at La Chapelle-aux-Saints in southern France in red ochre

Lebombo bone found at Border Cave in Natal

Flour processing plant
Four bodies buried in red ochre at Sungir in Russia.

The "Fox Lady" of Doini Vestonice, Czechoslovakia, buried in red ochre

A thirty-year-old man buried in Bavaria surrounded by mammoth tusks and submerged in red ochre.

Australian burial sites dating to about 20,000 years reveal pink staining of the soil around the skeleton, indicating that red ochre had been sprinkled over the body. The remains of an adult male found at Lake Mungo in southeastern Australia were copiously sprinkled with red ochre.

The oldest copper artifacts

Two skeletons buried in red ochre found at La Braña-Arintero cave in the Cantabrian Mountains of Spain

Two flexed burials were found in Mehrgarh, Pakistan with a covering of red ochre on the bodies

Alice C. Linsley teaches the history of technology and science at a Christian School in North Carolina. In this series she makes a case for an empirical approach to the study of Scripture. Her area of concentration is Biblical Anthropology. She comes from a long line of clergy, philosophers, and scientists. Two famous chemists named in this first installment - Robert R. Williams and Roger J. Williams - are her great uncles.

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