9 out of 10 people will not understand the implications of what they read here.
They admit to 200,000 years or more here.
I've seen a monograph from a university in the United States that proposes quietly that Neanderthals may have been regularly plying the oceans for very long ranges as far back as 800,000+ years, before the advent of "Snowball Earth," a climate change around 700,000 years ago it was previously believed that no humans could ever survive. So Neanderthals could have been making and sailing boats before mankind was even believed to have existed anywhere in the 1960's.
Mind you, these are Mousterians, unmistakably lacking in frontal lobes but no shortages in the occipital region. They would have only been social with their own kind and unlikely to cooporate at more than tribal level even with other Neanderthals. They were classic Neanderthals before the appearance of the Amud.
The first Amud are recognized at 120,000 years prior. They could have existed much earlier, this is the first valid discovery that I know of with my limited access to information that is jealously and secretively guarded by academics all over the planet.
The Amud had frontal lobes as large or larger than modern people. His features and bones are simultaneously incredibly thick (part of identifying him as a "Neanderthal") whilst exhibiting gracile qualities at the same time with narrower joints that taper, a strong sign of neoteny in humans. The Amud never had brains as big as melonheads or Boskop man but were much bigger than those of modern humans. He is not as hybridized as the Denisovians (of whom they have found much more remains than they admit to publicly) but seems to be another path taken by Neanderthals in their development in the form of a unique and one-of-a-kind species.
About those "drying poles" they are always inventorying at museums. A lot of people think they aren't "drying poles" used to smoke meats at all. Many people believe they are long spears intended to be used by men on horseback. Those would be exactly the kinds of distance weapons you would imagine Neanderthals would employ on the Dire Wolf to drive them out of Europe. You would also expect to find some in every cave lying around as they would be indispensable. Somebody says they spotted a wolf, somebody in the cave gets on a horse, rides it down (horses can easily corner wolves with good riders) and they'd spear him with little risk to themselves. So we'd fully expect to find one of these in most caves inhabited around this era. It's just that the academic who found it recorded it as a "drying pole, possibly for fish or jerky."