Scientists have found over 3,000 well-preserved stone tools that have been dated over 300,000 years ago in Armenia. These Stone Age tools were found at an ancient archaeological site and they consist of tools that have been found to have been bi-faced and Levallois in pattern.
Published in the Science journal, researchers were able to analyze over 3,000 stone crafted tools that may have been used to attack animals of prey, butcher animals, and even to dig for food or some other things. The stone tools were found to be adaptable to a wide range of uses according to what the early man wanted some 325,000 – 350,000 years ago. And this has shown researchers that the early man that made use of these stone tools was both creative and innovative to have sharpened stone tools for his own use.
The stone tool discovery showed that they were shaped or crafted using two distinct methods or technologies: a bi-faced technology and a Levallois technology. The bi-face stone tool technology would have been made possible by chipping away at a stone until a desired shape is achieved for a tool, but the Levallois stone tool technology worked by chipping away pieces of stones which were in themselves used as tools. For the bi-face method, unwanted pieces of stones are chipped away until a tool is formed, but for the Levallois method, the chipped away pieces of stone are what are to be used for a tool.
According to Daniel Adler, the lead author of the study, “the combination of these different technologies in one place suggests to us that, about 325,000 years ago, people at the site were innovative.” And to show that technology does not always change with population changes according to some theory, Adler further notes that “if I were to take all the artifacts from the site and show them to an archaeologist, they would immediately begin to categorize them into chronologically distinct groups.”