Olduwan tools

Dublin Core


Olduwan tools

Fossil Item Type Metadata

Location (Country)


Site (Name)

Olduvai Gorge

Specimen/Species Time Range

2.6 to 1.5 mya

Specimen Data (Morphology)

These stone tools are artifacts of the Oldowan industry. The first examples of this type of technology were found at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania by Mary Leakey in the 1960s. They are associated primarily with Homo habilis, but possibly also with Homo rudolfensis found at Koobi Fora in Kenya. This very simple technology shows the beginnings of a long history of modifying natural materials to make possible or ease the labor involved with daily life. Hammer stones and choppers can be used to shape other materials into yet more refined tools or aid in the processing of food directly. These cores may be byproducts of the process of chipping flakes off of a larger stone to produce rudimentary blades. These blades could then be used to more efficiently butcher a carcass or aid in foraging.


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Date Added
March 21, 2017
Early Homo Group 1
Item Type
“Olduwan tools,” Hominid Fossil Repository, accessed February 19, 2020, http://projects.leadr.msu.edu/hominidfossils/items/show/36.