What drove the prehistoric “Homo” to drill a hole in a shell? And after a while wear it around the neck?

Considering all my language and knowledge weakness I want this blog to be an opportunity of getting my thoughts “out of the box”.

Last time I have been thinking about different meanings of jewellery trough the history. Since Pre-historic times humans have worn and make portable objects (jewellery pieces) with diverse purposes beyond its decorative ones. What drove the prehistoric “Homo” to drill a hole in a shell? And after a while wear it around the neck or on different personal parts of the body with spiritual, amuletic, social or medical purposes?  In addition the characteristics of jewellery of being wearable and emotionally meaningful makes it even more particular and significant among the objects that surround us.

This kind of thoughts makes me want to rethink the applications of jewellery and the wide fields of context were we could explore craft practice today. Hope my current practice is just the beginning of a long and wide journey of exploring the objects that we make, treasure, carrying and also inherit through generations.

Nassarius shell beads from Grotte des Pigeons at Taforalt excavated in 2009 (c) Institute of Archaeology, credit I Cartwright. Image from http://archaeology.about.com/od/stoneage/ss/beads.htm
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