These 5,000-Year-Old Artifacts Have Completely Changed Our Understanding Of The Neolithic Period

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Dr. Ben Shaw and his team of archeologists have arrived at a village called Waim in the mountains of Papua New Guinea’s Bismarck Range. The evening light is fading so Shaw and his colleagues only have time to dig one exploratory trench. Almost immediately, the ground yields an expertly carved pestle. It’s more than 4,000 years old and is the first of many more extraordinary finds to come.