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Barbed bone points that washed up on the shores of Europe were used as arrowheads or spear tips, and some were made of human bones

By Michael Marshall
Ancient hunters may have made spear points or arrowheads out of human bone
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Stone Age hunters in northern Europe made the sharp ends of their weapons from a surprising raw material: human bone. The choice may have had a symbolic purpose, such as imbuing the arrows with the skill of a dead expert hunter.
Before the arrival of farmers, Europe was inhabited by Stone Age hunter-gatherers. They roamed a landscape very different to today. The planet was deep in a glacial period, so lots of water was locked up in ice sheets at the poles and sea levels …