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Prehistoric Shell Beads May Provide Evidence of Early Trade Routes

Circa 80000 BCE
<p>Shell beads, Oued Djebbana.</p>

Shell beads, Oued Djebbana.

Nassarius gibbosulus shell beads were discovered in Grotte des Pigeons, Taforalt, Morocco more than 40 km (25 mi) from the Mediterranean Sea, where they originated. "By 40,000 years ago, humans were transporting decorative shells—and perhaps trading them—over areas of more than 500 km (310 mi)" (http://humanorigins.si.edu/evidence/behavior/ancient-shell-beads, accessed 05-10-2010). 

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