Monday, August 22, 2011

Pic Today 8/22/11






PREHISTORIC HAND TOOL
FOUND IN PERFECT CONDITION

It's amazing, but this stone hand axe
was found in the Sahara Desert last year,
lying on top of the sand by Bedouin travelers
in the desolate region of Mauritania
(western North Africa.)

Remarkably, this prehistoric hand axe
is in perfect condition, and is estimated
to be 75,000 years old. Beautiful, too.
(It still holds a sharp edge!)

Early modern humans emerged at that time,
and used this tool for cutting meat and animal hides.
At that time, areas of the Sahara were tropical and forested,
covered with swamps, lakes and rivers.

Today, as the desert sands shift with the winds,
stone artifacts and tools are often exposed on the surface.

(I doubt any of our modern tools would survive that long.)

9 comments:

  1. a wonderful piece!
    and I agree with your last sentence!
    xx Ilka

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  2. Una preciosa pieza con unos detalles y unas Características muy buenas, excelente Rick. Recibe un fuerte abrazo

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  3. Excelentes fotografias de valiosa peça.....
    Cumprimentos

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  4. What a find Rick, and such beautiful photographs!

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  5. A jewel that lasts over time ...
    Strange feeling ...
    Today I think of the evolution of man.
    A hug, friend.

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  6. Amazing and exciting! The past is present after all :)

    http://one4theboys.blogspot.com/

    (if you're interested in my other blog :)

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  7. 75.000 years, incredible!!!!
    I don't think today's tools can beat it (I know)
    It's bad quality on much you buy today
    We truly live in a consumer society
    Buy and throw and the wheel rolls on

    Susanne

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  8. Amazing and so nice post! Love it. Learning every day in your blogg! Thanks a lot!

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  9. Très belle pièce qui nous rattache à nos origines.
    Bravo

    Roger

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