Flint hand axes
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Forget your smart phone, there was once a time when a lump of flint was the thing no one could live without!
500,000 years ago no hunter-gatherer would be seen without his or her handy flint axe. Used for chopping, cutting, scraping and pounding it was the multi-tool of the day and essential for survival for our Neanderthal (and earlier) ancestors.
Fast forward to 6000 years ago and modern humans just like us used flint tools to plough the first fields whilst flint arrowheads became the first weapons of mass destruction.
The flint tools at Ipswich Museum are the busiest collection in terms of enquiries from researchers. If you would like to see them for yourself please contact the museum on 01473 433550.
There are also smaller displays about the Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age that you might find interesting.
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