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Archaeologists from The Australian National University (ANU) have unearthed fragments from the edge of the world’s oldest-known axe, found in the Kimberley, WA. The project was an Australian Research Council Linkage grant awarded to Professor O’Connor ANU and Professor Jane Balme of The University of Western Australia, Chief Investigators of the RAA-sponsored Lifeways project. Although the site was excavated in the early 90s the redating and reanalysis of artefacts by Tim Maloney at ANU has been funded by the Lifeways project.

Media coverage:

ABC News – World’s oldest known ground-edge stone axe fragments found in WA
The Guardian – Oldest known axe discovered in Australia claim researchers
The Mirror UK – World’s oldest axe dating back
IFLScience – World’s oldest ground axe discovered Australia
International Business Times UK – World’s oldest axe discovered Australia 49,000 years old
The Australian – Kimberley find shows early aborigines had an axe to grind

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