Scrape and Grind

SCRAPE AND GRIND

These two stone tools turned up while a pond was being dug in an old stream bed, halfway up the south-facing part of Franskraal Mountain. They were found close to each other about a metre under the surface.
 

They are a pestle, made by breaking the end off a rouinded quartzite pebble and smoothing it down; the scraper was made by by chipping a straight cutting edge and rounding off the top of the flake to fit easily into the hand.
 

These tools are much smaller than the Old Stone Age tools elsewhere on this page and much younger too: a few hundred thousand years old at the most. They were probably made during a warm spell, when sea levels were much higher and the beach was at the foot of the mountain and Dyer Island under water.
 

JHF