A previously discovered ax may actually be the oldest such tool in the world, scientists have determined. Archaeologists discovered the ax fragments in Western Australia in the 1990s, but a University of Sydney professor recently re-analyzed the material and found that it was between 44,000 and 49,000 years old.
“The question of when axes were invented has been pursued for decades,” Peter Hiscock, the Sydney professor, told CNN. “Now we have a discovery that appears to answer the question.”
Axes were not prominent in much of the world until the dawn of agriculture around 10,000 years ago, researchers say. However, early Australians who had traveled from Southeast Asia may have invented the device to “exploit the resources they encountered,” Hiscock said.
- Employers Take Note: Young Workers Are Seeking Jobs with a Higher Purpose
- Signs Are Pointing to a Slowdown in the Housing Market—At Last
- Welcome to the Era of Unapologetic Bad Taste
- As the Virus Evolves, COVID-19 Reinfections Are Going to Keep Happening
- A New York Mosque Becomes a Refuge for Afghan Teens Who Fled Without Their Families
- High Gas Prices are Oil Companies' Fault says Ro Khanna, and Democrats Should Go After Them
- Two Million Cases: COVID-19 May Finally Force North Korea to Open Up