Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Paleo-Economics: Trade Between Spain and France

 From Hakai Magazine, May 17:

Whale Bone Weapons Hint at World’s Earliest Coastal Economy


Around 15,000 years ago, people transported projectile points made from whale bone
from Spain to France. Photo by Sheila Terry/Science Photo Library

Thousands of years before the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution, a widespread trade network carried large whale bone spears from Spain to France.

Stone Age humans in Europe made, swapped, and carried whale bone weapons along long-distance networks from Spain through to France, say researchers who have tracked down dozens of such tools. The exchanges around the Bay of Biscay may have contributed to one of the world’s first coastal economies, they argue....