The Olduvai stone chopping tool
- The Olduvai stone chopping tool
Chopping tool; basalt; Oldowan. The removal of a large flake from the top of the cobble provide a striking platform for the removal of three flakes which form a well defined regular edge. A second less satisfactory edge has been formed by removals along the opposite side of the first striking platform. The rest of the cobble retains its natural surface.
- Excavated/Findspot: Olduvai Gorge
- (Africa,Tanzania,Arusha (region),Olduvai Gorge)
- Length: 92.9 millimetres
- Depth: 71.5 millimetres
- Thickness: 88 millimetres
The cobble may have been used as a source of flakes for use in light duty tasks or as a chopping tool or both.
2015-2016 May-May, HOTW, tbc. PROMISED
2014-2015 Dec-Mar, HOTW, tbc. PROMISED
2014 Apr-Aug, HOTW,Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
2012-2013 Nov-Mar, Bonn, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2012 Mar-Jul, Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Treasures of the World’s Cultures
2011 22 Oct-2012 05 Feb, Australia, Perth, Western Australian Museum, Commonwealth Exhibition
2010-2011, London, BM/BBC, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
2005 26 Nov-2006 12 Mar, USA, San Francisco, Museum of the African Diaspora, Made in Africa
Collected by the East Africa Archaeological Expedition led by Louis Leakey in 1931. This was Leakey's first expedition to Olduvai Gorge.
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Leakey No.2
If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Object reference number: BCR101109
British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.
The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.