Obsidian used for Prehistoric Japanese Tools

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 19 December 2017

This piece of obsidian dates from the Paleolithic period or c. 18000 BCE, and it was uncovered in Engarau-cho on Japan's Hokkaido island. It helped prehistoric Japanese people in making stone tools. (Tokyo National Museum)



About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and its Communications Director.

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