Interestingly enough, among the things found with him. The researchers did not know what to make of an object made of leather strips that had a circular stone weight attached.<quoted text>
You mean Otzi the Iceman in the Alps?
"A group of scientists have sequenced Ötzi's full genome and the report was published on 28 February 2012. The Y-DNA of Ötzi belongs to a subclade of G defined by the SNPs M201, P287, P15, L223 and L91 (G-L91, ISOGG G2a2b, former "G2a4"). He was not typed for any of the subclades downstreaming from G-L91. G-L91 is now mostly found in South Corsica.
Analysis of his mitochondrial DNA has shown that Ötzi belongs to the K1 subclade, but cannot be categorized into any of the three modern branches of that subclade (K1a, K1b or K1c). The new subclade has provisionally been named K1ö for Ötzi. Multiplex assay study was able to confirm that the Iceman's mtDNA belongs to a new European mtDNA clade with a very limited distribution amongst modern data sets.
By autosomal DNA he is most closely related to southern Europeans, particularly geographically isolated populations of Sardinia and Corsica.
DNA analysis also showed him at high risk of atherosclerosis, lactose intolerance, and the presence of the DNA sequence of Borrelia burgdorferi, making him the earliest known human with Lyme disease.
A 2012 paper by paleoanthropologist John Hawks suggests that Ötzi had a higher degree of Neanderthal ancestry than modern Europeans".
Hmmm....high degree of Neanderthal ancestry. Veeerry interesting.
I thought, obviously these "researchers" had never spent any time as a hunter or trapper. Having been a trapper and hunter in my teenage years, I would venture that the object was a combination fishing net/hunting tool/weapon used like a mace.
Just an obervation. Hoping to just make the point that those who have come before us were considerably more sophisticated and complex than we think they were.