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World's oldest axe discovered in Australia is 49,000-years-old

The world’s oldest axe has been discovered in Australia, dating back to 49,000 years ago. Researchers said the discovery could help reveal when axes were first invented, something archaeologists have been studying for decades.

In most countries, axes were first developed after the emergence of agriculture, around 10,000 years ago, according to scientists. In Japan, the earliest axes appeared about 35,000 years ago. However, archaeologists have now found an axe believed to be up to 14,000 years older at Windjana Gorge National Park, Western Australia.

Researchers from the Australian National University dated the axe fragment, first discovered in the early 1990s, to between 46,000 and 49,000 years. “This is the earliest evidence of hafted axes [axes with handles] in the world,” said Sue O'Connor, lead archaeologist of the study published in Australian Archaeology. “Nowhere else in the world do you get axes at this date.” Read more.

A new theatre production called BIOHAZARD - THE STAGE is happening this October in Japan at the EX Theatre in Roppongi. 

Though they’re trying to call it the ‘first time in the world it’s debuted (in theatre)’, there was a BIOHAZARD stage event in 2002 called “Biohazard SET Bioroid Year Zero” which predates it by 15 years. 

The story for BIOHAZARD - THE STAGE is as follows:

西オーストラリアの大学で突如起こったバイオテロ事件。
現地に到着した対バイオテロ部隊BSAAのピアーズとクリスは、
その大学で教鞭をとる元S.T.A.R.S.隊員レベッカらと協力し事態の鎮圧を図る。

そこに現れた謎の青年タイラー・ハワード。彼は一体何者なのか?
そして彼の口から聞かされた事件の裏にある驚愕の真実とは?
蔓延するウィルスと迫りくるゾンビの群れ。果たして、彼らは事件を収束させることが出来るのか?

Suddenly, there was a bioterror incident at the University of Western Australia. Originally working there, former veteran S.T.A.R.S. member Rebecca is joined by BSAA’s Piers and Chris to quell the situation. 

Then, a mysterious man named Tyler Howard appeared. Who is he? What is he doing? How is it that he knows how the incident occurred, through the bites of zombies and the infected? 

So – it looks like we’re getting a look into where Rebecca finally went after Raccoon happened! Set in Australia!! Before Biohazard 6! And for the record, here’s what the campus looks like at the WA Uni:

As an Aussie bio-fan, I must say: