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Middle Eastern were using complex fishing tools 12k-years ago


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Humans in the Middle East were using complex fishing tools and techniques by 12,000 years ago, according to a new study.

Fish have long been an important part of human diets, but it is challenging to study the history of the technology humans have used to acquire fish, in part because early fishing gear was made from perishable materials like wood and plant fibers.

The team analyzed the shape and residues of 19 bone fish hooks, as well as six grooved pebbles that appear to have been used as sinkers, altogether one of the largest collections of early fishing technology.

Plant fiber residue on the hooks and stones indicate the use of fishing line, and the wide variety of hook shapes, including multiple arrangements of barbs and multiple methods for attaching hook to line, reflect their utility for catching a variety of fish. 

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Source - https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/line-and-hook-fishing-techniques-in-epipaleolithic-israel/141602

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