Tool sharpens focus on Stone Age networking in the Middle East

Implement found in Syria was chipped out of obsidian deposit hundreds of kilometers away

obsidian tool

WELL TRAVELED  A new chemical analysis finds that this 41,000- to 32,000-year-old obsidian tool, previously unearthed in a Syrian rock-shelter, was transported more than 700 kilometers. That means that long-distance movement of obsidian into the Middle East occurred much earlier than previously thought, researchers say.

E. Frahm

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