The Role of Climate Change on Early Human Society & Creativity in Kenya’s Olorgesailie Basin

  Based on the following three recently published Science studies, in order to survive the climate chances 320,000 ago, early humans in East Africa created complex tools, traded and maybe even developed symbolic language. Chronology of the Acheulean to Middle Stone Age transition in eastern Africa Long-distance stone transport and pigment use in the earliest... Continue Reading →

Qesem Cave’s 400,000 Year Old Stone Tool Making Classroom

Israel's Qesem cave is approx. 12 km east of Tel Aviv. At 420,000 to 220,000 years old, it is a lower Paleolithic site. Qesem cave has flint blades, scrapers, knives, as well as flakes and hammer stones. All stages of stool tool making has been found from the site. In 2010, archaeologists called it the the oldest... Continue Reading →

Levallois Stone Tools In India 385,000 Years Ago

A study published today in the journal Nature analyzed more than 7,200 stone tools from middle Paleolithic Attirampakkam creekside site in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Archaeologists from the Sharma Centre for Heritage Education have been unearthing these tools for the last 20 years from the site. There aren't any human remains, yet,... Continue Reading →

149 stone flakes, hammers and anvils, found off at the Lomekwi 3 site on the shores of Lake Turkana, appears to have been crafted more than 3.3 million years ago — 500,000 years before our genus Homo. The authors reported their findings in Nature this week. Sonia Harmand and her team accidentally stumbled upon the ancient artifacts after taking... Continue Reading →

Culture does, in fact, optimize

I've been meaning to blog about the really awesome news that Afarensis first broke on the blogosphere for a couple days now. The news he shared is of an upcoming Journal of Archaeological Science paper authored by R. Lee Lyman, Todd VanPool and Michael O'Brien, all of the University of Missouri Anthropology Department, evaluating the... Continue Reading →

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