THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

World’s oldest fishing net sinkers found in S. Korea

SOUTH KOREA: Archaeologists excavating a cave in South Korea have found evidence that suggests human beings were using sophisticated techniques to catch fish as far back as 29,000 years ago, much earlier than experts previously thought.

marine
By AFP

Friday 17 August 2018, 10:19AM


The limestone sinkers, each weighing between 14 to 52 grams, would have been tied to the bottom of nets and used to catch small fish such as minnows in shallow streams. Photo: AFP

The limestone sinkers, each weighing between 14 to 52 grams, would have been tied to the bottom of nets and used to catch small fish such as minnows in shallow streams. Photo: AFP

Carbon dating procedures on the fourteen limestone sinkers, unearthed in the eastern county of Jeongseon in June, have pushed back “the history of fishing by nets by some 19,000 years”, Yonsei University Museum director Han Chang-gyun said.

Previously, researchers had excavated sinkers – stones used to weigh down nets for catching fish – in Japan’s Fukui Prefecture and South Korea’s Cheongju city, but those discoveries were all dated back to the Neolithic Era and believed to be around 10,000 years old, Han said.

“This discovery suggests humans in the Upper Paleolithic era were actively catching fish for their diet,” he added.

BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET

The limestone sinkers, each weighing between 14 to 52 grams and with a diameter of 37 to 56 millimetres, had grooves carved into them so they could be tied to the bottom of nets and used to catch small fish such as minnows in shallow streams, he said.

Researchers also found fossilised bones belonging to fish and other animals, as well as stone tools and flakes, inside the Maedun cave, he said.

Prior to the South Korean find, the oldest fishing implements were believed to be fishing hooks, made from the shells of sea snails, that were found on a southern Japanese island and said to date back some 23,000 years.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket man hunted for stabbing ex to death in jealous rage

...what a weird response ! What do bar closing times have to do with the behavior of a certain group...(Read More)


Finances blamed for Phuket DJ suicide

It is disgusting that one poster uses this article about a suicide committing desperate person for h...(Read More)


Phuket man nabbed with over 52,000 ya bah pills, ya ice

Khun Pascale, ..Uninformed... as you wrote, well, I can't talk about a european country I have n...(Read More)


Phuket man hunted for stabbing ex to death in jealous rage

"maybe those stories are not published in worldwide"Farming News," oh dear, by the wa...(Read More)


Phuket man hunted for stabbing ex to death in jealous rage

@ Pascale. Thai bars on Phuket by law close by 01:00 AM. What are you talking about? Behavior of to...(Read More)


Phuket man hunted for stabbing ex to death in jealous rage

R,maybe those stories are not published in worldwide"Farming News". Of course i could give...(Read More)


Finances blamed for Phuket DJ suicide

RIP Khun Piew. Condolences to family. Seems that Phuket golden tourist years are over. In everything...(Read More)


Phuket man nabbed with over 52,000 ya bah pills, ya ice

K, if you think all would be so easy ,please tell me, how come that a small country like the Netherl...(Read More)


Phuket man hunted for stabbing ex to death in jealous rage

Pascale, the operative word, in my comment, is "seems", which seems to be hard for you to ...(Read More)


Tourists warned of e-cigarette fines

@ Dek, S'pore is further, is 4.0. There is no polluted water , no traffic pollution on the roads...(Read More)