700,000 year old stone artefacts found in South Africa

In the northern province of South Africa, a team of archaeologists from the University of Cape Town, the University of Toronto with the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, found a massive amount of early stone age artefacts from the site at Kathu.

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The team found the likes of hand axes, flakes, cores and other prehistoric tools used. The complex is also the site of Kathu Pan 1, where animal bones from hippos as well as the earliest known evidence of spears has been unearthed, dating to roughly half a million years ago.

The Kathu site is dated to approximately 700,000 to one million years old, and it’s suggested that with the likes of hippo bones, this area was more of a wetland during this time.

The town of Kathu is an iron mining village now, leaving the prehistoric site under threat. The University of Cape Town has been working with the South African Heritage Resources Agency to preserve it.

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