Israel’s Qesem Cave, where scientists just uncovered evidence of an ancient school. (Photo: Tel Aviv University)
Grapevine.com by Ilana Strauss
Ancient toolmaking school has everyone thinking that our species has been talking, teaching and making tech for a really long time.
Scientists may have just discovered the oldest school in history. Archaeologists from Israel’s Tel AvivUniversity uncovered a cave where humans seem to have taught each other to make tools 400,000 years ago. No word yet on the price of tuition.
Conventionally, anthropologists have thought that our modern species, with all its speaking and technological prowess, is around 100,000 years old. But this discovery may mean modern humans have been around much longer.
So here’s the big find: Archaeologists uncovered a bunch of flint tools and tool-making leftovers in Israel’s Qesem Cave.
If you’re an ancient human making a tool, there’s a good chance you are taking a big piece of flint and splitting pieces off it for spears and other tools. This splitting process was pretty difficult, and you can tell when someone messed up. And the archaeologists found a lot of mess-ups in the cave. They also found a lot of expertly split pieces. Since they found both good and bad pieces together, the archaeologists think that teachers probably taught students how to make tools there.