Discovery of Engraving tool and Fishhook1 min read

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35,000 BC

As long as 40,000 years ago, people were making delicate objects and works of art using stone engraving tools called burins. Made by forming a sharp edge on a flake of flint, a burin could be used to scratch lines and cut grooves in bone or wood. This allowed people to create more precise tools, such as needles, and to engrave decoration on larger objects.



Discovery of Fishhook 35,000 BC

 

The earliest method of catching a fish was with a piece of stone, pointed at both ends, baited, and tied to a line. This gorge, as it is called, simply jammed in the fish’s throat. The first proper fish hooks were developed by the earliest “modern” humans, the Cro-Magnons. They caught their fish using a barbed bone hook, one of the many small, specialized tools they made using the versatile burin that they had perfected.

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