New stone age exhibition excites Karonga Museum

The Cultural and Museum Centre of Karonga (CMCK) has expressed gratitude towards a new display which was done by Yale Paleoarchaelogy research group from the United States of America.

The new display has stone tools which were discovered and is placed next to its modern counterpart for easy understanding.

According to a statement from CMCK which Nthanda Times has seen, the exhibition will give a chance to people to easily understand the origin and evolution of the tools that were used during stone age and the modern ones.

“We are very grateful to our friends from Yale Paleoarchaelogy Lab for the wonderful new exhibition on Archaeology of how our early humans who once lived here before the settlement of the people now called Malawians survived during stone age when no farming activities had not even started and they could only depend on hunting,” reads the statement.

According to the Associate Professor of anthropology from the University of Yale who is also the leader for the research group Dr Jessicah Thompson, among others the new exhibit on archeology displays a refitting levallois core and flakes which were excavated in 2010, a chert hand axe which was discovered in 2012 as well as a refitting levellers core and flakes which was also excavated from a test pit in 2014.

“It is such a great honour to have this exhibition after many years of our research and being able to bring out to the people of Malawi, Karonga in particular to get to see and appreciate their roots and the improvements that they have been happening since Stone age.

"It is a piece of a stone broken to make a knife, spear or a hammer completely made from stone from 100 thousand years ago," she said.

The new exhibition placed in Karonga Museum

Thompson also stated that, the exhibit displays some information on the artefact weathering, dating methods as well as the use of different materials.

She further explained that the team explored the connections of early human and climate change.

“We have had two research projects in Malawi on cultural and natural heritage of the country. In the past we could have natural climate change and it affected the way people behave for example changing the landscape by using fire and it had also always had an impact on their environment but as of now there is a lot of destruction of environment due to cultivation and this activity even destroys the artefacts that we are talking about as people dig for cultivation," she said.

The Cultural Museum Centre of Karonga was opened in 2004 which provides different exhibition ranging from the history of humankind up to natural and cultural history of Karonda district. In 2015 it also had another exhibition on Living legends which provides information on freedom fighters in Malawi.