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   xoxoxoBruce  Monday Nov 16 01:35 AM

November 16th, 2015: What's That You Axe

Looks like a rock but I donít know, mind if I axe? Yes, it is. Is what? Axe. I already did!

Weíve heard too many stories about GPS units sending drivers down railroad tracks, around parking lots, and up the creek. This time it sent a 2 archeologists the wrong way along a dead end dry creek bed. But they were men so when they reached end instead of admitting they were in the wrong place or asking directions, they jumped out echoing, we cool, we cool, and started looking at rocks. The previously rushing water had unearthed some rocks the lost patrol recognized as hand tooled. They dug up more, but it took 2 years to verify the age of the soil they were in.



It doesnít look very special, just a dirty rock, but itís a hand axe, held in the hand with no handle. It was chipped and flaked into a cutting tool by somebody other than Mother Nature. Weíve found lots of stone tools made by the ancestors of everyone not descended from Noah & Co. The oldest of the stone tools were made around 2.6 million years back, by our Oldowan uncles.
But this dirty axe head was fashioned 700,000 years before that. Yup, 3.3 millionish years ago, somebody made this and a bunch of other stone tools, in Kenya. They don't know who, or what, the toolmakers were... yet.

Funny thing about science, everything they know is true, itís actual, everything is satisfactual. But better check back tomorrow.
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glatt  Monday Nov 16 08:30 AM

I guess after you've studied this stuff for a while, you just see the important bits and are able to spot a hand worked rock with ease.

I see a jagged rock. Doesn't look tooled to me. Is it that flake on the left?



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Nov 16 09:11 AM

Damifino, being an archeologist is haaaaaaaaard.



Sundae  Tuesday Nov 17 05:21 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
Is it that flake on the left?
I see no Flake. But I would like a 99.


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