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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rock Piles: Cobbles, stone tools, and California during the ice age

Rock Piles: Cobbles, stone tools, and California during the ice age - from Journals

Quote from this blog linked above: 
" I found stone tools made out of the cobbles and mixed in with them. Those tools were probably made during an ice age. That is not too surprising, that people were in California making stone tools about 25 thousand years ago. The first things I found looked pretty "fresh" and were all of a certain style. But there were other heavier axes in there too, of a different style that were a bit rounded and smoothed - part way back to being cobbles. If you think about it, this means they were part of the cobble production of the last ice age, which means they were tools made during a previous ice age - around 60 thousand years ago. That is a bit more surprising.

So that's my story: stone tools made from glacial cobbles which themselves got turned back into cobbles. It means there were people in California making stone tools two ice ages ago."
Interesting!!  say 100 ky old tools, one (from the blog) is shown below:

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1 comment:

  1. That's very interesting stuff there , Austin.
    Given how it falls in line with the whole pebble tool making tradition that seems to run very deep in Cal. history.


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