an exercise in miscellany

The First Industrial Complex Circa 2,500,000 BCE – 500,000 BCE

In science & nature on January 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm

At Olduvai Gorge, a steep-sided ravine in the Great Rift Valley, Tanzania, prehistoric hominins of the Lower Paleolithic manufactured stone tools.  These rough flake tools were discovered in the twentieth century CE.  These are the  earliest stone tools in human history and are Mode 1 tools, which come from what has been termed the Oldowan Industry. The Oldowan tools were characterized by their simple construction, predominantly comprising of core forms. These cores had initially been rocks that had been hit hard by a spherical hammerstone to cause a conchoidal fracture that knocked flakes off of the top, creating a sharp tip.

via  From Cave Paintings to the Internet & Flaked Stone Tool Technology

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