Handaxe made of white quartz with amethyst bands. Tear drop shape with a regular working edge all round. Both faces slightly convex.
- Excavated/Findspot: Olduvai Gorge, HK IV
- (Africa,Tanzania,Arusha (region),Olduvai Gorge)
- Length: 136 millimetres
- Width: 77 millimetres
- Thickness: 41 millimetres
Found at Hopwood's Korongo (HK) in Bed IV. Dr A.T.Hopwood was a palaeontologist at The British Museum (Natural History) who was a member of the expedition team.
2014 – 2016 Treasures touring exhibition PROMISED
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 5 Feb, Perth, Western Australian Museum, 'Extraordinary Stories'
2005 26 Nov-2006 12 Mar, USA, San Francisco, Museum of the African Diaspora, Made in Africa
2001-2002 12 Dec-28 Feb, Leeds, Henry Moore Institute, The Unidentified Museum Object
10 December 2004
Reason for treatment
Remove object identification number
The object is in a good condition and the quartz stone does not need any consolidation. There is a large unslightly series of object identification numbers written in perminant marker pen, which will need to be removed as the piece will be used as part of an exhibition. 'Made in Africa' (The Asahi Shimbun Dispalys.)
The numbers were removed were mechanically using Nitromors water soluble (methylene chloride,sodium hydroxide,cellulose), then removed using deionised water. The work was carried out under a binocular microscope.
Collected by the East African Archaeological Expedition led by Louis Leakey's in 1931. This was Leakey's first expedition to Olduvai Gorge.
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: BCR105812
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