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by Archaeology Newsroom

Ornaments

Ornaments appear in the beginning of the Late Palaeolithic. They mainly come from burials but also from dwellings and comprise natural finds and shaped articles. Animal teeth are the oldest ornaments and come from certain animals such as fox, wolf, bear. The canines and incisors are prefered, which bear a hole at the fang and an incised decoration. Sea-shells form another important group, Paleolithic man was collecting fossilized sea-sells, however live species were always more numerous. The presence of sea-shells is indicative of emigration, exchange and broader contacts of the Palaeolithic population. The shaped objects comprise pendants and beads. The pendants are rare, they appear in a variety of shape and have an incised geometric or realistic decoration with the representation of animals, reptiles and birds. Figurines, mainly female, also belong to pendants. The beads have a spherical or hemispherical shape and are made of animal raw materials. They are found by thousands in Palaeolithic sites and they rarely copy forms of abstract representations of Palaeolithic art. In Greece, ornaments occur in sites of the Late Paleolithic, such as at Kleidi in Epirus.