Skip main navigation

Examining Stone Tools

Interactive 3D Stone tools. Identify characteristics of cores and flakes from Liang Bua, Flores
© University of Wollongong

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

© University of Wollongong
This article is from the free online

Homo Floresiensis Uncovered: The Science of ‘the Hobbit’

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education