Australians have long been early adopters of technology, and an important archeological find only confirms it.
Archeologists have identified a tiny axe fragment dating back to between 45,000 to 49,000 years ago in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Not only could it be the world’s oldest known axe, it shows the first Australians were some serious technological innovators.
The report was published Monday in the journal, Australian Archaeology.
While the fragment was excavated and dated in the 1990s, Peter Hiscock, archeologist at the University of Sydney, told Mashable Australia it was only identified as being part of a ground axe in 2014. Read more…