Toddler discovers ancient cutting tool
A Broome toddler has unearthed an ancient relic at the speedway grounds, which experts believe to be a 10,000-year-old cutting tool.
Eli Howlett, 4, found the pointed stone artefact under his mother’s chair while they attended the Broome Speedway Pearl Cup event on Saturday, September 17.
Baffled by her son’s find, Lee Howlett took to social media asking people to help identify the unusual object.
University of Western Australia School of Social Sciences professor of World Rock Art, Centre for Rock Art Research and Management Benjamin Smith said the object was a cutting tool estimated to be up to 10,000 years old.
The discovery also attracted the attention of the Nyamba Buru Yawuru Cultural Reference Group.
NBY country manager Johani Mamid said the relic was probably designed to be used as a small knife.
“The artefact is a pointed flake of a cherty material, probably originally white in colour and stained with iron oxides from the Pindan dirt,” he said.
“One of our expert advisers suggested that it has been traded in to the Broome area — stone axeheads were traded into the Broome area from sources close to the Napier and Oscar ranges and from along the Fitzroy.”
The relic will now be documented and stored in the Yawuru archives.