CAVE­MAN CUT­TER

Life & Style Weekend - - STUFF -

An in­ter­na­tional team of ex­perts has iden­ti­fied so­phis­ti­cated stone im­ple­ments in a cave in South­ern China, which they de­scribe as the “Swiss Army knife of pre­his­toric tools”. The carved stone tools were un­earthed from the Guanyin­dong Cave, in China’s Guizhou Prov­ince, dur­ing the 1960s and 1970s. Re­searchers, in­clud­ing ex­perts from the Univer­sity of Washington, have now con­cluded that the tools were used 80,000 to 170,000 years ago. Known as Le­val­lois cores, the arte­facts are de­scribed as the “multi-tool” of the pre­his­toric world. Named for the suburb of Paris where the stone frag­ments were first found in the 1800s, the cores could be used to spear, slice, scrape or dig, ac­cord­ing to ar­chae­ol­o­gists.

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