Handaxe made of a hard green volcanic lava (phonolite) with a compact texture. Elongated tear drop form with slight ancient damage at tip. Regular edge all round, both faces slightly convex.
- Found/Acquired: Olduvai Gorge, CK III
- (Africa,Tanzania,Arusha (region),Olduvai Gorge)
- Length: 238 millimetres
- Width: 100 millimetres
- Thickness: 50 millimetres
- Weight: 1015.4 grammes
2015-2016 May-May, HOTW, tbc. PROMISED
2014-2015 Dec-Mar, HOTW, tbc. PROMISED
2014 Mar-Jun, HOTW, tbc. PROMISED
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
8 December 2004
Remove number from stone tool. Do not replace.
The hand axe is in excellant condition but the numbering and lettering on it are very salient.
The numbers anb letters were removed with green label Nitromors neutralised with water and white spirit.
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
- Specimen 49
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Object reference number: BCB12968
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