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Tabon stone tools
P-XIII-T-2529;53;6097
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Masterpiece

During the Paleolithic Period, flake tools were produced by a percussion technique in which a stone hammer was used to strike the core. These flake tools served as knives, scrapers and other cutting implements. Most of the flake tools recovered in Tabon Cave were made from highly-selected stone materials like chert, a hard cryptocrystalline quartz.

History of the Object
The stone tools were recovered in the Old Stone Age layer in the Tabon Cave by Dr. Robert Fox in 1962. Made from chert, these tools were associated with the earliest human remains so far recovered in the Philippines. The stone tools are on display at the Pinagmulan Gallery, 3rd floor, Museum of the Filipino People.

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Type
Archaeological 
Materials
Stone; chert 
Measurements
Width 4.1 cm; 4.7 cm; 1.5 cm Height thickness - 1,8 cm; 1.5 cm; 2.0 cm Length 7.2 cm; 10.6 cm; 11.2 cm  
Creator name
Paleolithic inhabitants of the Abon Cave  
Creator date
Paleloithic Period 
Where it was made
Philippines; Palawan; Prehistoric Quezon 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
- BCE 
Creation date
BC; Paleolithic Period - about 50,000 years ago 
Function
implement 
Acquisition
Systematically recovered by Dr. Robert Fox, former anthropologist of the National Museum in 1962. From three samples. The objects entered the NM collection in 1962 
Copyright
 
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Owner
National Museum 
Museum
National Museum of the Philippines 
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