Lewa Hand axes

Stone Tool: Cleaver

Short Name: GpJn1.4

Period: Early Pleistocene

Culture/Industry: Acheulean

Localization: Meru District, LewaDowns Estate

Collection Date: 1981

Collector: Simiyu Wandibba

Provenance: Surface Collection

Material Culture: Lithic

Site Name: Lewa swamp

Catalogue: # KNM-2343-1

1.76 million to 130 thousand years ago

Material Culture

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Description Summary

The unique Large Cutting Tools: Hand axes and cleavers indicate that, they were made from the most available and more abundant raw materials to the makers. The refined Acheulean tool kit were used in cutting and sharing of meat respectively. The hand axe was an all purpose tool. Beside skinning animals, tool would be applied in digging for tuber plants.

Early Pleistocene

Compared to previous periods, the climate of eastern Africa was generally colder, but more importantly, it was variable. There were significant swings between warm and wet and cold and dry. Similarly, the landscape frequently changed from forested to grassy. Animal life was in great flux with successions of organisms suited to survive in those environments. Hominids and their hominin descendants grew increasingly dependent on tools to survive the changing environments.