Stones and How to Use Them

Making a stone tool. Photo by The Institute of Making (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Origin Stories | Season Two | Stones and How to Use Them

The paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey described stone tools as “fossilized human behavior.” These rocks, shaped by our human ancestors and found in archaeological sites around the world, can give us clues about how ancient people lived. Archaeologist and Leakey Foundation grantee John Shea of Stony Brook University says you can learn even more by making and using stone tools yourself.

Bonus Content



Making Stone Tools – Nicholas Toth of the Stone Age Institute
John Shea and Alan Alda on The Human Spark
Modern People Making Stone Age Tools by Leakey Foundation grantee Shelby Putt


Support for Origin Stories comes from Dixon Long. Additional support for this episode came from Bill Richards.


Editor Julia Barton 

Producer Audrey Quinn

Series Producer Meredith Johnson

Sound Design Katie McMurran

Theme Music Henry Nagle 

Intern Yuka Oiwa

Additional Music Lee Rosevere