Archeologists to study stone tools' role in brain evolution

By Carol Clark | eScienceCommons | Oct. 9, 2014

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Dietrich Stout, assistant professor of anthropology and head of the Paleolithic Technology Laboratory, surveys his stash of flint stones near the anthropology building.

Are you between the ages of 18 to 50, right-handed, and available for six hours per week? Emory experimental archeologists are looking for at least 20 healthy individuals willing to devote 100 hours over about four months to learn the art of making a Stone Age hand axe.

“We need novices who will really commit to learning this prehistoric craft,” says Dietrich Stout, an assistant professor of anthropology and head of the Paleolithic Technology Laboratory.

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