Who invented the boomerang? © Getty Images

Who invented the boomerang?

The history of the boomerang is difficult to determine and our understanding relies heavily on what these weapons were made from.

Asked by: Charles Linden, by email

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It’s hard to tell, because wooden boomerangs, such as those used by Australian aborigines, don’t last forever and don’t leave long-term traces. An ivory boomerang with gold tips was found in the tomb of Tutankhamun, together with a picture showing it was used to kill birds, but the record goes to a 23,000-year-old boomerang made from a mammoth tusk, and that one was found in Poland.

How do we know how old relics are? © iStock

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