Largest Stone Age flake tool in India found


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In a significant discovery, archaeologists have found a huge flake tool dating back to the Stone Age period on the bank of river Jonk in east Chhattisgarh. The tool, measuring around 20 cm long and 10 cm wide, is said to be the largest flake of lower-Paleolithic period, retrieved in Chhattisgarh till date.

Largest Stone Age flake tool in India found
Prehistoric tools found on the bank of river Jonk in east 
Chhattisgarh [Credit: Asia Age]

“We have found the largest flake tool of Stone Age period at Sapos under Pithora block in east Chhattisgarh district of Mahasamund during our survey of Jonk river valley,” archaeologists Shivanand Bajpayee and Atul Kumar Pradhan, who have jointly conducted exploration in a stretch of 120 km along the banks of river Jonk recently, told this newspaper on Monday. Flake tools were either made by flaking off small particles of flint or by breaking of a large piece.

Besides this, the exploration has also yielded, among others, a large hand-axe. “The interesting feature of the exploration at Sapos was the discovery of artefacts fossilized with some bone implements which is set to throw light on the then geo-environment of the prehistoric site,” they revealed.

Besides, large number of Middle Paelolithic, Upper Paleolithic and Mesolithic tools were also found.

Interestingly, the survey in Sapos has yielded antiquities dating from lower-Paleolithic to early historic period (5th century AD) without any break-up, indicating a continuous cultural sequence of the site.

“Our department has completed survey of Jonk river valley. We now plan to explore banks of other small rivers in the state,” an official said.

Author: Rabindra Nath Choudhury | Source: The Asian Age [October 28, 2014]


  1. This is a wrong statement "The tool, measuring around 20 cm long and 10 cm wide, is said to be the largest flake of lower-Paleolithic period, retrieved in Chhattisgarh till date"
    These large tool and flake are not belong to Lower Palaeolithic these archaeologist simply does not understand .. these are belong to Neolithic period. The large stone tool is a core stone and rest are flakes, chips and debitge.



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