Excavation in the Sakitari Cave in southern Okinawa, Japan, unearthed fish hooks that are said to be 23000 years old. The artefacts were created from sea snail shells.
The newest archaeological evidence from the Sakitari Cave reveals that humans could have lived on Okinawa for 35000 years, as fish and human bones dating back 30000-35000 years were found. The artefacts were discovered together with other finds, including beads and tools and charred remains of meals consisting of frogs, birds and eels. Experts state that maritime technology was key in allowing humans to disperse across the world. Other world’s oldest fish hooks were found in Timor (dated to 14000 BC) and in Papua New Guinea (dated 16000 BC).