Oldest hand axes found
African discoveries offer glimpse of early tool-making complexity
By Bruce Bower, 15:09 PM August 31, 2011
A patch of soil in East Africa has yielded the oldest known stone hand axes and picks, examples of what researchers call the Acheulian industry.
Acheulian implements unearthed at Kenya’s Kokiselei site date to 1.76 million years ago, slightly older than previous finds (SN: 1/31/09, p. 11), say geologist Christopher Lepre of Rutgers University and his colleagues. Carefully shaped, double-edged hand axes and picks lay among much simpler tools — sharp flakes pounded off stones — at Kokiselei, ...
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