Thousands of tools from the Paleolithic era have been discovered from a site in Armenia.
The latest discovery gives scientists a better insight into how technological developments evolved and spread in the world. The research teams which included scientists from across the world and a team from Royal Holloway, University of London believe that they have unearthed evidence that the ancient technique of Levallois which is used for making hunting weapons was actually invented in Africa and later spread across the world. Details of the study was published in the journal Science
The Paleolithic era is a period of human history which is characterized by the development of primitive stone tools which was developed for hunting. The period covers a major portion of human pre historic technology.
The levallois technique is type of stone knapping which was developed by the ancestors of modern humans for making hunting tools. It is a more sophisticated method for making hunting tools. Levallois technique has been named after the discovery of flint tools in the French province of Levallois-Perret
The evidence of the theory that these tools originated in Africa and spread to other parts is available at a site in Armenia. The archaeologist believes that the technology was a part of these Armenian communities which thrived 325,000 to 335,000 years ago.
This technique is also known in these parts of the world as biface that can be described as something similar to Levallois. After careful analysis and research, the archaeologists concluded volcanic material was used in the tools which have discovered in Nor Geghi in Kotayk Province, Armenia.
The discovery of these Paleolithic tools is giving new insight into the lives of ancient communities. It also proved that these communities were more innovative and were very apt in mingling two different technologies to make tools which were very important in hunting.