Archaeologists have unearthed the 23,000-year-old hooks on Okinawa Island, which boasts one of the longest-living populations in the world


The world’s oldest fish hooks have been uncovered in a cave on a Japanese island.

Archaeologists have unearthed the 23,000-year-old hooks on Okinawa Island alongside other ancient relics .

The pair of fish hooks were carved from sea snail shells and experts believe they point to a a wider use of maritime technology in the era than previously thought.

According to a scientific paper on the subject, humans will have started inhabiting the island at least 30,000 years ago.

They will have had to survive on limited resources, according to the papers published by the National Academy of Sciences .

The reports adds that maritime expansion allowed humans to disperse all over the world.

GettyWorld’s oldest fishhook found on Okinawa
World’s oldest fishhook found on Okinawa

The papers say: “The new evidence demonstrates a geographically wider distribution of early maritime technology that extended north to the mid-latitude areas along the western Pacific coast.

“Moving into oceanic islands after c. 50,000 years ago was a remarkable step forward in the history of worldwide expansion of modern humans.”

And Okinawa Island not only boasts the oldest fish hooks in the world – the island’s population is known as one of the longest-living people in the world, with 34 centenarians per 100,000 people.

That’s more than three times the rate of mainland Japan.


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