Stone axes in Europe are older than previously thought

Published on September 4th, 2009 | by Admin


New research on stone axes from southeastern Spain show the tools date back to 900,000 year ago, much older than previously thought.

Archaeologists have long been puzzled by a 1-million-year pause between when early humans started making sophisticated hand axes with two-faced blades in Africa 1.5 million years ago and when the technology finally got to Europe.

But new research is showing that advanced Stone Age tools got to Europe close to the time they reached other sites outside of Africa.

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2 Responses to Stone axes in Europe are older than previously thought

  1. Vivienne Cox says:

    Very interesting. I think I have found a couple of handaxes and was looking for identification pointers: the ones in the British Museum are the Rolls Royces of hand axes. Mine are a bit more work a day. Would love to know how old they are.

  2. Hi Sevaan, to add to this story you might be interested in this one that came out in December. “Man was in Europe 200,000 years earlier than previously thought.”

    “Experts on prehistoric man are rethinking their dates after a find in a southern French valley that suggests our ancestors may have reached Europe 1.57 million years ago: 200,000 earlier than we thought.

    What provoked the recount was a pile of fossilised bones and teeth uncovered 15 years ago by local man Jean Rouvier in a basalt quarry at Lezignan la Cebe, in the Herault valley, Languedoc.”

    Copy and paste this into your browser to read the rest of the story:

    Best wishes,


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