


"The oldest mathematical object known to humankind...", an exaggerated claim ?
It’s up to you to decide... here are two examples:
Multiplication:
Three notches have been made at the top of the bone.
This is followed by 6 notches, four then eight.
This points to a knowledge of multiplication by 2 !
Totals
Adding together the number of notches in each « column » gives the following totals : 60, 48 and 60. All multiples of 12.
It is hard to believe this a pure coincidence.
And don’t forget... this object is older than the Lascaux cave paintings...
