Cro-Magnon Shell Bead Necklace
Date of discovery:
Discovered by:
Site: Cro-Magnon, France

Our ancestors used jewelry and other personal adornments to reflect their identity. These adornments may have represented membership in a particular group or someone’s age, sex, and social status.


  • Title: Cro-Magnon drilled shell beads from a necklace
  • Location: Cro-Magnon, France, Europe
  • Type: Jewelry (reconstruction)
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • External Link: View this object record in the Smithsonian Institution Human Origins Website
  • Photo Credit: Chip Clark, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Historic Period: About 30,000 years old
  • Field: Archaeology

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