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Examining Stone Tools

Stone tools provide information about the ways that early humans lived and interacted with their surroundings over time…

Click on each of the following images to view and manipulate 3D models of stone tools. Each stone tool has been labelled with characteristics. Observe these characteristics and return to this step to answer the following questions in the comment section below. Remember to mention the stone tool you are referring to in your comments.

  • What methods were used to create these stone tools?
  • What might the stone tools have been used for?
  • What other evidence would you need to determine what these stone tools were used for?

Image of a flake tool

Image of a retouched flake tool

Image of a core tool

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