H/T to JR Bentley for providing this link 🙂
“Uh Oh, The paradigm is shifting again… New find from Fels Cave. A MAMMOTH IVORY ROPE MAKER! More importantly it is a four strand rope maker unlike even the modern Rope, Wire Rope and Cable makers that are a standard three strands! A four strand Rope would have been by physical nature not only stronger, but much more flexible and actually easier to hold varied knotting patterns! I hope they are right on this… Shows a whole world of difference in assumed Cognitive abilities… If true, this is huge!”
JR Bentley is absolutely right! The paradigm IS changing and more and more it is changing rapidly. This latest find at Hohle Fels Cave in Germany is amazing and it changes everything we THOUGHT we knew about rope making and our ancestors. Apparently, they were making 4 strand rope 42 kya and would have been a very strong rope indeed. I have a 4 strand rope from a ship and over the years I’ve used it for a variety of things, even pulling trucks bigger than my own! And that rope is still as good as new! So our ancestors in Germany were making 4 strand ropes using ivory technology and the question is what were they using such a strong robe for?
The tool used to make these 4 strand robes is carved from ivory. Four small holes were placed close together on an 8 inch long strip of mammoth ivory. What is even MORE fascinating is that the maker of the tools intricately carved a spiral pattern in the holes much like the spiral patter we see today inside a modern gun barrel. Continue Reading