Final Jōmon period (ca. 1000–300 BCE)

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The Jōmon period is the earliest period in Japanese history, lasting from roughly 14,000 to 300 BCE. Using materials such as bone, antlers, and stone, the Jōmon people created a variety of utilitarian objects, such as this needle. The small eye at the top would likely have served a function similar to a modern sewing needle, allowing the Jōmon people to practice basic sewing and create textiles.

Needle, Bone, Japan

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