Crimea Neanderthalers supposed to be aware of symbolism
The finding referred to above is a small piece of stone with soft chalk «skin» on one side. The artifact is quite tiny, about 3.5 centimeters long, and has no traces of usage in everyday life. It has 12 marks of cuts.
The researchers suppose that the cuts have been done intentionally. The stone has been found in the layer IV and dated by a period 35 486−37 026 years ago. Previously, the traces of Neanderthal graves were found in the same layer. There were no traces of the presence of human of the modern type in Crimea at that time.