Breakthrough In Archeology As Experts Discover A 12,000-Year-Old Fishing Rod

Experts discover a 12,000-year-old fishing rod, which is a major breakthrough in archaeology.

The sophisticated equipment used by those early humans reveals that we already knew which fish could be caught with different hooks and baits long before the first civilisations arose.

Humans have been catching and eating fish for thousands of years, but the precise history of fishing is difficult to trace due to the fragility of hooks and rods.

However, a team of researchers led by Antonella Pedergnana of Germany’s Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Archaeological Research Institute has discovered a set of fishing equipment dating back 12,000 years.

Only about 5,000 or 6,000 years ago, the earliest known civilisations were discovered.

Researchers discovered 19 bone fish hooks and six carved stones in the Jordan River Dureijay in Israel’s northern Hula Valley, which they believe were used as fishing weights.
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Professor Gonen Sharon told BBC Science Focus magazine, “The hooks are surprisingly similar to modern hooks in size, features (such as barbs), and skill of crafting.”

“The hooks also have features that are uncommon in modern hooks, such as an outer lower barb that serves as a ‘point of no return’ to prevent the fish from escaping the hook.”

Around 12,000 years ago, early humans were transitioning from nomadic hunter-gatherers to living in more settled communities.

The hooks discovered did not all have the same design, indicating that prehistoric fishermen had already figured out that different-sized hooks worked better for different fish species.
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“When we look at the hooks, we notice that no two are alike,” Profesor Sharon explained.

“In terms of size, features, and design, each hook is one-of-a-kind.

“This variability can be explained by the exceptional knowledge these experts had about fish behavior.”

“They knew exactly what size hook to use for what size and type of fish, as well as what qualities each fish type requires for the best results.”
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Fish bones discovered at the site revealed a wide variety of fish, ranging from tiddlers to monster six-foot carp, he said.

He claimed that the early fishermen had “a full and deep knowledge of fish behavior” because they used fly fishing.

“You should be aware that some fish species hunt by attacking insects near the water’s surface, and will attack a fly-like artificial bait,” he explained.

“By 13,000 years ago, we’re talking about.

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