Archaeologists are taking a closer look at children’s early attempts to mimic adult craftwork. These rounded clay disks, each pierced with two holes, have mystified investigators for nearly a century, according to a recent article from Science News.
“As early as 1928, an archaeologist suggested that these button-sized objects were toys…A reconstruction of a spinning disk from about 14,000 to 21,000 years ago in Western Europe shows an animal in different positions on each side. As the disk is twirled on a string, the creature appears to move. A youngster could swing the string to wind up the toy and then pull both ends of the string to make the disk spin.”