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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Handaxe made of white quartz with amethyst bands. Tear drop shape with a regular working edge all round. Both faces slightly convex.

  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 136 millimetres
    • Width: 77 millimetres
    • Depth: 41 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    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.

  • Bibliography

    • Leakey 1951 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 2015 – 2016 4 Dec – 29 May, National Museum of Singapore, ‘Treasures of the World’s Cultures’
    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

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

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

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 1931-2971
Lozenge shaped handaxe, with convex faces, made of amethyst quartz.

Lozenge shaped handaxe, with convex faces, made of amethyst quartz.

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