Stone Age Tools & Art

These Arrowhead replicas represent thousands of years of creativity and craftsmenship, Image Credit: J. Stoker

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Arrowheads, hammer stones, spear points, scrappers, pottery, and petroglyphs are all crafted by ancient people. Rocks have different properties and textures. For instance, obsidian is smooth and makes flakes with razor-sharp edges, kaolin (clay) is soft and moist and easily shaped when first dug from the ground, and granite is coarse and heavy. Early humans and stone-age cultures have taken advantage of the properties of different rocks to make tools and art from them. These activities will guide you in making your own stone tools and art.

Badge 14 - Stone Age Tools and Art.pdf

The incredible skill developed by Stone Age peoples in using rock materials for tools and art is a fascinating study.

The variety of requirement activities for this badge will fit all ages of Juniors, and maybe even work into a program for your whole Rock & Mineral Club!

This badge can usually be completed in one 60-90 minute session.

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The materials below illustrate how some leaders taught this badge, using 3-4 requirements they chose for their groups. See the Badge manual for other requirement activities you may like better.

About the image on this page

Flint, Chert, Jasper, Agate and Obsidian were all favorites for making spear points and arrowheads. Those shown in the photo are replicas. This obsidian specimen was collected from Little Glass Butte, Oregon, and represents the fantastic trade network developed by early people, who transported obsidian stone tools from western USA volcanic deposits as far east as Ohio and beyond.

Image Credit: Joan Stoker