Researchers find evidence of hourslong Stone Age raves

Researchers find evidence of hourslong Stone Age raves


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.

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“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

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