Obsidian Bracelet

Dated at 9000BC, the oldest obsidian (volcanic glass) bracelet comes from Turkey, the site of Asikli Hoyuk. The bracelet is almost perfectly regular. The symmetry of the central annular ridge is extremely precise, to the nearest degree and nearest hundred micrometers. This suggests that the artisans of the time used models to control its shape when…

Asikli Hoyuk, Turkey

Latitude: 38° 20′ 56.40″ N Longitude: 34° 13′ 48.00″ E Dated at 9000BC (Stone Age), the settlement of Asikli Hoyuk is one of several amazing places that defy belief. It is straight from a Flintstones cartoon. The ancient Neolithic settlement has many important discoveries, like the first brain trepanation, human autopsies, copper mining, astounding craftsmanship, and…