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Bone and Ivory Needles

Making well fitted clothing

Humans used bone and ivory needles like these  to sew warm, closely fitted garments.

Three bone needles Xiaogushan, China
Bone needles from Xiaogushan, Liaoning Province, China, about 30,000–23,000 years old
Image Credit: Chip Clark, Smithsonian Institution
Bone and Ivory Needles
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Site: Xiaogushan, Liaoning Province, China
Page last updated: September 25, 2019