Stone Age Institute


New Olduvai Lab construction

"Man is a tool-making animal."

—Benjamin Frankin

Stone Age Institute researchers are involved in a wide range of field and laboratory projects as well as experimental and actualistic studies.

These include archaeological and paleontological research in Algeria, China, Ethiopia, and South Africa, laboratory research with tool-making apes, experimental archaeology, zooarchaeology, studies of wild chimpanzees in Uganda, ethnoarchaeology with traditional stone tool makers in New Guinea, and studies of stone tool making using modern brain imaging and biomechanical techniques.

Select from the menu to the left to learn more about a variety of Stone Age Institute research.