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Neolithic chic: body piercing fashion from the Arctic around 5,000 years ago

By The Siberian Times reporter
25 August 2016

Ancient items of jewellery found by archeologists on Taymyr peninsula are stone labrets which were inserted into the face below the bottom lip.

Labrets are a kind of jewellery, which can be made of shell, bone, or stone, and is inserted into the lip as an ornament in some cultures. Picture here and below: Krasnoyarsk Geoarkheologiya

The discovery was made during the summer 2016 archeological season at a location some 600 kilometres above the Arctic Circle. The site in the far north of Krasnoyarsk region is believed to date as far back as three or four millennium BC.

Labrets are a kind of jewellery, which can be made of shell, bone, or stone, and is inserted into the lip as an ornament in some cultures.

The discovery was made by archeologists from Krasnoyarsk Geoarkheologia, and spokesman Danil Lysenko said: 'We found these labrets at the Neolithic site Bolshaya II, which is located on the bank of Novaya River, a tributary of the Katanga River.

Labrets


Arrowhead

Neolithic labrets and arrowheads were lying just on the ground. 

'They were just lying on the ground, along with stone arrowheads. In some places here, the wind blows away the upper layer of tundra and the sand, so the ancient items are there, just on the ground, uncovered. 

'Judging by the stone arrowheads, the site can be preliminarily dated as being from the fourth to the third millennium BC.'

Such facial piercing decorations were found by a Soviet era archeological expedition to this area more than 40 years ago headed by Leonid Khlobystin. 

Labret

The discovery was made during the summer 2016 archeological season at a location some 600 kilometres above the Arctic Circle.

The expedition of Krasnoyarsk Geoarkheologia - a private company which investigates potential archeological sites - is the first  to Taimyr since that time.

Archeologists say these facial decorations - two were found this summer in the Arctic - were common among the ancestors of the western Eskimos, Aleuts, the North American Indians.

It is believed they were worn by men as well as women. 

Archeologists say these facial decorations - two were found this summer in the Arctic - were common among the ancestors of the western Eskimos, Aleuts, the North American Indians.

Labret

Comments (4)

Im a maori from new zealand in the south pacific. We rub noses as a greeting and sign of respect it is called a hongi. The pheonecians also rub noses too but we dont wear labret piercings but cool. I believe humanity emerged from around this area going by slavic runes which predate hindu vedas in my opinion.
clinton shelford, brisbane australia
30/11/2016 01:17
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Very informative and helpful post. People who are curious and wanting to have a body piercing must read this blog post. Also, they must use body jewelries that are safe and of great quality. The site https://www.piercebody.com/ offers various kinds of body jewelries you might want to try. Visit them now!
Pierce Body, New York City
03/09/2016 00:37
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Wow!! Can you imagine using the ancient jewelries for your body piercing? So much differences can happen in a lot of years. Good thing modern jewelries are way better and convenient to use. I read this blog that showcases the latest jewelries, you might want to check it out: https://www.piercebody.com/
Pierce Body, United States
02/09/2016 12:55
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perhaps the projection of this and other bone and ivory ornaments gave rise to the "nose rubbing" (Eskimo) kissing!!
vicki stone, Portland, Oregon, USA
27/08/2016 05:09
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