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.
2018 AHOW, venue tbc. PROMISED
2017 AHOW, venue tbc. PROMISED
2016 Sep-2017 Jan, AHOW, National Museum of Australia, Canberra, Australia. PROMISED
2016 20 Feb-2016 18 Jun, AHOW, Western Australian Museum, Perth, Australia. PROMISED
2015 Oct-2016 11 Jan, AHOW, Kobe City Museum, Kobe, Japan. PROMISED
2015 Jul-2015 Oct, AHOW, Kyushu National Museum, Fukuoko, Japan. PROMISED
2015 18 Apr-2015 Jun/Jul, AHOW, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museu, Tokyo, Japan. PROMISED
2014 13 Dec-2015 15 Mar, AHOW, National Palace, Taipei, Tawain. PROMISED
2014 Apr-Aug, AHOW,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
28 February 2014
Reason for treatment
The object is stable but slightly dirty
The object was cleaned with de-ionised water
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
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Object reference number: BCR101109
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