Possible Million-Year-Old Tools Unearthed in Sudan Could Change Human History

Archaeologist excavating pottery at an archaeological site.

Ancient tools have been discovered in eastern Africa that are possibly a million years old. What can this discovery teach us about our ancient history?

A recent gold rush in eastern Africa has led to open-pit mines where gold hunters have stumbled upon a different kind of fortune: hundreds of stone tools, including Acheulean hand axes, cleavers, and other tools. The head of the study, Professor Mirosław Masojć from the Institue of Archaeology at the University of Wraclaw, Poland said, “[t]he layers of soil around the tools were at least seven-hundred-thousand years old.”

But some have speculated that the tools could be up to one million years old. This discovery puts our ancient ancestor Homo erectus in this area twice as far back as previously thought.

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Do These Legendary Tombs Reveal the Presence of Giants in Sardinia?

Perhaps few lands, ancient or modern, are as attractive as Italy — for its people, rolling landscapes, Mediterranean coast, and rich historical allure. We can add to this list an emerging archaeological phenomenon in Sardinia. On this island off the coast of Italy, lies an ancient site where skeletal remains of giants have been uncovered, defying academic conclusions about the land’s earliest inhabitants.

If you take a ferry, Sardinia is situated five hours West of mainland Italy, and is home to a persistent theory that giants may have roamed the land. Travel guides suggest that much of the island’s prehistoric past has been preserved, mainly because Sardinia features a relatively unpopulated countryside, and many areas where people once lived have long been abandoned. Human occupation is traceable steadily throughout the Upper Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Calcolithic, Bronze, and Iron ages. 

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