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10,000 Year-old Fingerprints Found Near Çatalhöyük at Boncuklu Mound Site

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posted on Oct, 26 2014 @ 01:15 PM
In a fascinating discovery, kiln objects bearing human fingerprints have been uncovered by archaeologists in excavations at the 10,500 year-old Boncuklu mound near the ancient site of Çatalhöyük in modern day Turkey. The images, which were produced through Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), provide a unique connection to prehistory.

From The Archaeology News Network (via Obscuragator):

Fingerprints on nail-sized pottery shards

The fingerprints have been found on broken, nail-sized objects made in a kiln. The photos of the prints were published on the official website of the Boncuklu mound excavations. Their photos, which were taken with a Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) technique, were then converted into 3D images. Examinations of the kiln pieces will show whether the fingerprints belonged to men, women or children.

At Boncuklu Höyük are the remains of a village of 22 buildings built upon a mound located about 6 miles from Çatalhöyük. The buildings are oval, with foundations typically sunken into the ground and walls of mud brick. Some of these buildings have yielded evidence of the oldest interior design in the world: red ochre painted plaster walls adorned with reliefs made by mounting and plastering over auroch skulls as well as raised platform floors also covered in plaster.

Oval foundation of mud brick home. Image Credit: Boncuklu Projectt

Speaking of floors! As has been seen in other cultures, including notable Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican examples, these people had a much different relationship with their dead — burying them in pits under their floors — in this case the pits would have then be covered and plastered over.

Burial beneath floor. Image Credit: Boncuklu Project

edit on 2014-10-26 by theantediluvian because: (no reason given)

posted on Oct, 26 2014 @ 01:30 PM
A COLD CASE for the books!



posted on Oct, 26 2014 @ 01:50 PM
a reply to: jude11

We laugh but just wait til they enter it into AFIS and it comes back with several hits linked to crime haha

posted on Oct, 26 2014 @ 04:52 PM
did it make an match in the databank????????
than we have an time travveler exposed!
edit on 26-10-2014 by ressiv because: (no reason given)

posted on Oct, 27 2014 @ 09:32 AM
AD that is interesting - at least it proves it wasn't smooth skinned aliens who had no useful grip.....

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