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The Olduvai stone chopping tool

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1934,1214.1

  • Title (object)

    • The Olduvai stone chopping tool
  • Description

    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.

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  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 92.9 millimetres
    • Depth: 71.5 millimetres
    • Thickness: 88 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    The cobble may have been used as a source of flakes for use in light duty tasks or as a chopping tool or both.

  • Bibliography

    • MacGregor 2010 2 bibliographic details
    • Leakey 1951 p.38; fig.2 (Specimen no.2) bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    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

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1934

  • Acquisition notes

    Collected by the East Africa Archaeological Expedition led by Louis Leakey in 1931. This was Leakey's first expedition to Olduvai Gorge.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1934,1214.1

  • Additional IDs

    • Leakey No.2
Quartzite stone implement; rudely chipped from pebble; shape recognisable as chopper with rough lateral blade and pebble surface back; greenish grey.

Quartzite stone implement; rudely chipped from pebble; shape recognisable as chopper with rough lateral blade and pebble surface back; greenish grey.

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