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England: Researchers date the first stone tools to 2.6 million years before our time

A recent study by the University of Kent concludes that prehistoric stone tools were probably used by human ancestors thousands of years earlier than the experts previously believed. This opens up completely new perspectives for parts of archeology.

Specifically, it is about the Oldowan and Acheulean cultures, whose stone tool technologies are not only considered to be the oldest, but are also best documented archaeologically.

For the study, a team led by Dr. Alastair Key and Dr. David Roberts (University of Kent) in collaboration with Dr. Ivan Jaric (Czech Academy of Sciences) statistical modeling techniques that have only recently been used in archaeological science.

Apparently with great success, because the models provide remarkable new data: On the one hand, they say that the stone tools from the Oldowan must have been made around 2.617 to 2.644 million years ago - that is, 36,000 to 63,000 years earlier than previously assumed.

The origin of the Acheulean stone tool could also be clearly backdated - by at least 55,000 years to a time between 1.815 and 1.823 million years ago. The early stone tool technologies gave the human ancestors access to new foods and made it easier to make wooden tools and process animal carcasses. They were therefore very formative in evolutionary terms.

A statement on the study states: “Our research provides the best possible estimates to understand when stone tools were first made. This also makes it clear that there are probably still considerable parts of these very early cultures waiting to be discovered. "

That means: The present study provides very serious quantitative data that predict how old undiscovered sites could be. It's a little archeology treasure that seems to have opened up with new research. HeritageDaily reported.