World’s Oldest Ground Axe Discovered In Australia



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When made, the axe might have looked like these modern equivalents. Australian National University

The discovery of the oldest known axe with a handle and ground edge has pushed back the date for the development of this technology by 10,000 years. The find, at the appropriately named Carpenter’s Gap in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, indicates that the first inhabitants of the region were technological innovators well ahead of their time.