November/December 2012

croatiaCROATIA: Neolithic Europeans coveted hunting trophies just like modern hunters. In the remains of a prehistoric home, alongside traces of wood furniture, researchers found a massive set of antlers—arm-length, with 14 points—that may have been hung on the wall as a trophy. They estimate the red deer buck would have weighed close to 500 pounds—a major prize for hunters armed only with stone weapons 6,500 years ago. —Samir S. Patel