The tools were discovered in the Kathu Townlands, one of the area's richest fossil digs

By People Staff
Updated July 28, 2014 01:00 PM
Credit: 2014 Walker et al

Universities of Toronto and Cape Town archaeologists have uncovered a series of stone artifacts in South Africa at a site up to 1,000,000 years old.

The site, known as the Kathu Townlands (for its proximity to the nearby town of Kathu, natch), is “one of the richest archaeological sites in South Africa,” according to The site is one of a grouping in the area known as the Kathu Complex, which has yielded tens of thousands of stone tools.

The earliest stone tools in history are refereed to as “Oldowan tools” and were used during the Lower Paleolithic period, 2.6-1.7 million years ago. The tools discovered in the Kathu Townlands area are from the Early to Middle Pleistocene periods, and include rough-cut stone axes and other tools.

Again, they’re 1,000,000 years old. How cool is that?