A study led by the International Institute of Prehistory in Cantabria (IIIPC) showed that Paleolithic hunter-gatherers used 30% of the shells from the La Balma del Gai site (Barcelona) Develop production activities.
IIIPC researcher David Cuenca along with Ignacio Clemente-Conte (CSIC-IMF), Lluís Lloveras, Pilar García-Argüelles and Jordi Nadal (University of Barcelona) are at the forefront of this work.
Excavations at La Balma del Gai have restored it A large number of continental snails and some marine species collected by hunter-gatherer groups this time, IIIPC informed in a statement.
In these cases, Some seashells of marine origin are used as personal decorations and food, But in this case, the main novelty is that some of the content has also been used as a working tool for the website itself.
In this way, in addition to analyzing all the shells from the perspective of functional analysis, it may also indicate that some of them will be used for Processing materials, such as o-stone, wood and plant fibers.
The results obtained show that approximately In this case, 30% of marine bivalves are used as work tools. The research revealed the existence of detailed plans for all these activities carried out by hunter-gatherer groups.
In addition, cannonball instruments could have been used for different activities, Especially related to the tanning of rabbit skin.
These instruments are used to obtain obtain stone powder, It was later used to harden leather and was expanded during the leather tanning process. The leather is mainly made of stoneware.
In addition, the study also recommends the use of shells related to the smoothing or polishing of wood and the processing of plant fibers to adapt to The infrastructure required for stretching and tanning hides, such as ropes and frames.
The chain of operations related to you has been rebuiltThe basic process of these hunter-gatherer groups, such as tanning.
The discovery, along with the site’s documents, recorded the remains of more than 15,000 rabbits. Many of them have cut marks directly related to careful bone processing, indicating a particular interest in the adequate extraction of the skin of these prey.