Maybe this is what it means to have a “Yabba-dabba-do time.”
Stone Age ancestors danced for hours in a sort of psychedelic trance, researchers have found, citing evidence from necklaces and clothing made using elk teeth 8,000 years ago.
The teeth were sewn into clothes or suspended in a way that they made loud rattling noises when the wearers moved, according to auditory archaeologist Riitta Rainio from the University of Helsinki.
“Wearing such rattlers while dancing makes it easier to immerse yourself in the soundscape, eventually letting the sound and rhythm take control of your movements,” Rainio said, according to a report published by the school. “It is as if the dancer is led in the dance by someone.”
Rainio knows this first-hand. She tested her theory by dancing for six straight hours while wearing elk tooth ornaments like those found in graves in the Yuzhniy Oleniy Ostrov burial site in western Russia.
A total of 177 graves of