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June 10, 2009—The Americas' oldest known artist may have been an Ice Age hunter in what is now Florida, according to an anthropologist who has examined a 13,000-year-old bone etching.
Originally posted by Byrd
The artifact is genuine, and they know that the bone was inscribed shortly after the animal died by the patina (surface coloration) and the depth of the marks on the bone. Old bone lying on the surface develops a different texture and inscribes differently.
It's a beautiful piece. I hope to see it in person this summer.