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Monday, 16 May 2016

World's oldest axe discovered in Western Australia - Watch!

Perth: Archaeologists claimed to have discovered a tiny fragment of axe believed to be the world's oldest known ground-edge axe in the remote Kimberley region of northern Australia.
The tool is nearly 50,000-year-old and 10,000 years older than the previous oldest known fragments found in northern Australia in 2010.

The discovery pushes back the technological advance to between 45,000 to 49,000 years ago, and coincides with the arrival of people in Australia, ABC Australia reported on Wednesday.
Although much older "hand axes", usually made of flint, have been found across Europe and Africa - one well-known example found on a Norfolk beach is thought to be 700,000 years old - those were very different tools.
Archaeologists said the original axe would have been hafted - meaning it was made with a handle attached.
Professor Sue O'Connor, who discovered the fragment, said the world's oldest known examples of hafted axes were all found in Australia.

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