Stone Tools (c. 2,600,000 B.C.E)

Early humankind ushers  in the age of inventions.

The very first human invention consisted of sharp flints, found and used in their natural state by primitive peoples, who then went on to purposely sharpen stones. The practice reaches back to the very dawn of humankind; stone tools found in 1909 in Kenya are estimated to be 2,600,000 years old.

"The best materials...include obsidian (a form of natural glass),chert,flint,and chalcedony

Floyd Largent,writer






















The principle types of tools, which appeared in the Paleolithic period, and varied in size and appearance, are known as core, fake,and blade tools. The core tools are the largest and most primitive, and were made by working on a first-sized piece of rock or stone (core) with a similar rock (hammerstone) and knocking large flakes off one side to produce a sharp crest.This was a general-purpose implement used for hacking, pounding, or cutting. Eventually, thinner and sharper core tools were developed, which were more useful. Much later, especially during the last 10,000years of the Stone Age, other techniques of producing stone artifacts - including pecking, grinding, sawing, and boring-came into play.

The evolution of tool making enabled early humankind to complete many tasks previously impossible of accomplished only very crudely. Animals could be skinned, defleshed, and the meat divided up with stone cutters, cleavers , and choppers. Clothing was made from animal hides cleaned with rough stone scrapers and later punctured with awls. Hunting became more efficient with spearheads fashioned from stone flakes. And with the aid of stone adzes (axes), early humankind could shelter and begin to shape the physical world to its liking. MF.

SEE ALSO: CONTROLLED FIRE, BUILT SHELTER, CLOTHING, SPEAR, FISHHOOK, DRILL, SHARP STONE BLADE. 

↖️Stone Age humans became adept at chipping flakes of hand, volcanic rocks to make tools and weapons.

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