The world’s largest collection of prehistoric stone tools is at the centre of a new debate.
The Museum of Anthropology at the University of Bristol says that it will soon be the largest collection in the world and it will contain more than 100 million objects.
In addition, it will also include rare stone tools such as chisels, chiseled axes and stone knives.
“We are building a collection that is going to have a huge impact on our understanding of the ancient world, and it is going be the first museum to have an extensive collection of tools made by humans,” says Professor Tom Gossett.
He is also part of the team that has been designing a stone tool that could replace an old stone tool as the object of choice for a museum.
The team is working on a project called Stone Tool.
Its goal is to create an object that could be used by humans, and which will be more than 300 years old.
“It is not a stone object,” says Prof Gossetts.
“We are trying to get it to the point where it can be used as a tool, to be able to use it in the museum.”
Prof Gossets is not the only one working on the project.
A number of universities have already built their own collections of artefacts from prehistoric times.
Some of these are in the collection at the museum, while others are in museums around the world.
In Australia, the museum is building an entire collection of artefact from ancient times.
“In a way, the idea is to build an artifact that we will use to help the museum to understand the ancient human world in a way that we might not otherwise be able,” says Gosses.
For the first time, a tool will be being created in Australia.
“Our goal is that it is a stone piece that is at least 300 years of age,” says Dr Matthew Tuckett from the University the Museum of Zoology.
“But we are also aiming to build something that can be stored and will still be useful for people to use for many, many years to come,” he adds.
But is this the most exciting way of building an object?
“I don’t think so, but we are certainly moving towards that goal,” says Tucketts.
“If we can do it then I think that will be the start of an exciting journey.”
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