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        The Human Spark | The Community of Symbolism

        In this segment from The Human Spark, host Alan Alda explores the significance of jewelry made by early humans eighty to ninety thousand years ago. Pierced seashells, soapstone, and teeth provide evidence that human societies had advanced beyond simple survival, allowing themselves to engage in the time consuming creation of jewelry. These ornaments which were worn by early humans were symbols extending a sense of community and a network of cooperation to a larger group of individuals than would otherwise be connected.

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