Joanna Mazur
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Flint handaxe containing a fossil seashell, circa 300,000 years old. The fossil is far older than the actually tool, or even the flint, for that matter. What is clear is that the toolmaker made a conscious decision to create his tool around this central ornament for whatever aesthetic or religious reasons. (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge) Image by via The Celtic  Prehistoric Museum

A Palaeolithic tool (from the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge) carefully sculpted around a seashell fossil embedded in the rock. Was the prehistoric took maker thinking about aesthetics and beauty?