"Up until now we thought of cultural developments leading to the opportunity of people to move out of Africa.
A Banded Slate Pendant, ground around the edges exposing the banded color, leaving the natural rind in the center, the back is all smooth natural rind, but grooved at the top to help with attachment, most likely dates to the Woodland to Mississippian Periods, ca.3000 - 500 B.
“We were all taught [North America was first populated] 13,500 years ago, and it appears that people arrived 15,000 to 20,000 years ago.” [See what may be the oldest known artifact in the West: “Stone Tool Unearthed in Oregon ‘Hints’ at Oldest Human Occupation in Western U.
S.” The location in Texas where the new finds were made, known as the Gault site, was first identified in the 1920s, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that archaeologists discovered the first tools, like tapered-oval spear heads, that were clear signs of the ancient Clovis culture.
Stone vessels were one of the most common items of funerary equipment used by the ancient Egyptians.