Yale Peabody Museum Gallery Talk
Acheulean hand axe. The Portable Antiquities Scheme / The Trustees of the British Museum [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Flaked Stone Tools

The World's Oldest Preserved Technology

Roger Colten

Senior Collections Manager, Yale Peabody Museum Division of Anthropology


Thursday, November 15 at 4:00 pm

David Friend Hall, Yale Peabody Museum


Flaked stones tools are the oldest artifacts preserved in the archaeological record. Stone tool technology was widespread in human prehistory, perhaps dating back 3 million years in Africa, and is used into the modern era. In this talk, Roger Colten will describe the broad patterns of flaked stone tool technology as it developed in Africa and Europe, show examples from the Peabody Museum collections, and provide guidance on differentiating rocks from artifacts.


Refreshments to follow. Free admission.