Archaeological objects

Remains by the thousands

Thousands of remains were found during the excavations in Ishango. There were quartz tools and both human and animal bones. The majority of the objects were found in the lower layers of the stratigraphy and are very old, dating back to 25 000 to 20 000 years ago.

In an excellent state of conservation

Bony materials have not had time to degrade. These materials were quickly fossilized due to the presence of fossilized minerals from volcanic ash in the surrounding sediment and the water of the lake. These mineralized bones have a dark brown colour, which is far removed from their original colour, and no longer contain organic matter. In other words, they are now stone!

Where are all these pieces today?

These collections are housed at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels.