Ancient tools fascinate fans of archaeology

Olaf Bayer. Picture: OX58257 Ed Nix

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TOOLS dating back thousands of years have been examined by archaeology enthusiasts.

Members of the East Oxford Community Archaeology Project – also known as “Archeox” – have been working with stone artefacts found in city around 100 years ago.

The work took place at the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Project office Olaf Bayer, right, said: “The collection comes from close to the junction of Donnington Bridge Road and Iffley Road and was made in the very early years of the 20th century by local archaeologist Alexander Montgomerie Bell.

“At this time the area would have been open fields on the edge of East Oxford. The stone tools include arrowheads, scrapers, knives and fragments of axes.

“The tools were made by hunter-gatherers 12,000 years ago, and by the first farmers of the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age.”

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