Artifact (The Olduvai Stone Chopping Tool) Number

Artifact(TheOlduvai Stone Chopping Tool)


Artifact(TheOlduvai Stone Chopping Tool)

Anartifact is something made by human beings that hold historical orarcheological value and interest. Each exhibit different intereststhere are those made as weapons, ornaments and even tools (MacGregor,2011). This paper focuses on artifacts madeof stones, their cultural, historical and archeological value in boththe ancient and the modern society. Stones from past times have beenused to make very important and memorable artifacts.

TheOlduvai Stone Chopping Tool

Artifactsmade from stone bring a connection between people who lived in thepast and those of the contemporary times. It shows how people in thepast lived and how they survived on stone as a main source of theirtools. The Olduvai stone chopping tool was one of the stone artifactsmade by people in the past. It is also one of the oldest artifactsfound in the British museum and people travel from differentcountries just to come see and hear about its history and how itfunctioned in the past.

Itwas used using another stone tool as an axe. It was skillfully madeto carry out a number of activities (MacGregor,2011).It was also relatively big and it was designed to fit perfectly inthe palm of one’s hand. It has very distinctive physical propertiessuch as its shape which looks like a tear drop. Its extreme sharpedge was used for drilling. It was also very hard since it was madeof volcanic rock it has a very beautiful grayish- greenish color.

TheOlduvai stone chopping tool dates back to approximately two millionyears ago (MacGregor,2011). It was discovered in Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, East Africa by LouisLeaky. It was considered the earliest and most significant toolshuman beings made. This is because it carried out various activities.Such tools were evidence that there existed in human beings millionsof years ago and the activities they were involved in.

Theearthquakes experienced in the Rift Valley at Olduvai Gorge havebrought human bones to the surface. That is proof enough that therewere human beings who lived there. The Olduvai stone chopping toolshows what it looks like chipped sides to form sharp edges(MacGregor,2011).Nature could not have made such perfect shapes, definitely this isanother proof that our ancestors were present in those early days.

TheOlduvai Stone chopping tool has attracted great interest by itself.It shows evidence that as rumor has it, the first human beings werefound in Africa (MacGregor,2011).Those who get the chance to visit the British Museum have said thatonce you hold that stone, you feel like you are experiencing thosepast days where you needed to cut through hunted animals and treebranches in order to survive. It gives one a sense of belonging and aconnection with their ancestors.

Thepurpose of this artifact has been replaced in the modern times.Knives, hammers, axes and knives have taken over the work that wasdone by the device. This in turn demonstrates the systematictransformation way of living by human beings from simple to complex.The discovery of these artifacts brings about a clear picture of howpeople survived in the past. They help us understand the worldbetter, accept our past and focus on the future. Where and when wasthe Olduvai Stone chopping tool artifact discovered and what was itsuse in the ancient times? What is the physical nature of thisartifact and how did it come into being? What effect has it made tothe people of these modern times?

Inconclusion, people and activities of the historic days can only beproven by the discovery of bones and tools that did not decompose.This brings a feeling of belonging and a connection. The fact thatthere were people who existed before us and they made tools so thatthey can survive, the same way we do things to survive now. The pastand modern times are connected with such things.


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