In the vein of artefacts, a rather older and much more impressive handaxe from Britain, estimated to be between 500, 000 to 300, 000 years old.
Note that it almost seems that the shell was an intentional detail...
Read more here: https://stonetoolsmuseum.com/artefact/europe/handaxe-3/1878/
The whole museum is a trove of fascinating tools & artefacts, and it's a bonus that you can rotate the models in 3D.
I need my own neolithic handaxe with a shell inset...
- Category: Found
Early to work, the weather, well, fall - leaves turning, the lake a deep glittering blue, comb the beach for flints and new finds.
Odd rocks and a few worked bits of flint - bottom right of center, a serrated edge, micro-blade, upper right 2 heavily worked bits of flint.
I'm joined by a mallard who's clearly interested in what ever it is I'm doing...
Helping me to look. Having taken the picture I zoom in and see loads more rocks of interest, it helps that the camera doesn't capture the waves, it's still, and so I can take my leisure looking through the photos.
Next day, early again, more flints, looking beneath the waves:
Jasper, flints, and one big scraper or hand axe that perfectly fits the hand, clearly - chipped into a tool.
Not a pretty piece, but substantive.
- Category: Found
The most interesting link of the day; half million year old wooden "structures" discovered, built by ancestors we can't even conceive of...
Consider, the Bible, Uruk, Epic of Gilgamesh, Dynasties of Europe, Iraq, the Cradle of Civilization, at most, 10-15,000 years old.
And then there's this, the fact we (not necessarily...) were building structures hewn with stone tools half a million years ago. What was lost in the interm?
Ample ground there for the mind to play...
- Category: Link of the day
And these two books, found at the thrift shop:
So you can see that my reading is taking me off in all sorts of fascinating directions.
The first book I only managed to skim, used it as a prop to stare down Baristas and the Taco waiter and have them deliver my coffee/tacos unbidden, holding the book up, fingers to my temple, nothing in it that I hadn't read a hundred times before, and so dropping it off with some customers at the restaurant so they could "beam" me their orders, well, it's disappeared. Somebody is taking it all a little too seriously...
So on to TNT, which is much the same as everything else in the genre...
It's good, in that you can actually read up on the authors now, this, in the age of the internet, and see how closely their lives paralleled their teachings, I'm forever thinking of a certain notorious diet author of the 70's who wrote countless books on the topic and then died at a desk filled with snickers bars of a massive coronary...
- Category: Books
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