hand axe

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a stone tool with a cutting edge

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In many parts of the world, archaeologists see a leap around 300,000 years ago in Stone Age technology from the large and crude hand-axes and picks of the so-called Acheulean period to the more delicate and diverse points and blades of the Middle Stone Age.
The stone hand-axes were discovered last year in the historical site of Lenggong in northern Perak State, embedded in a type of rock formed by meteorites.
Large numbers of stone hand-axes have been uncovered at Olorgesailie (SN: 4/25/87, p.
From 500,000-year-old hand-axes to military aircraft lost during the Second World War, the archaeology of the coast of England is likely to represent every period and theme in archaeology.
Acheulian hand-axes are interpreted variously as aerodynamically efficient projectiles for waterhole predation (Calvin); as a non-verbalized tradition reproduced by default in Homo erectus groups for as long as the raw materials were available for the tradition to be handed down (Toth & Schick); as core tools curated for their use as sources of flakes (Davidson & Noble); or as indexical symbols of some community standard relating to the original tool and its context of use (Wynn).
In western Europe and Africa, archaeologists have found numerous Acheulean hand-axes at sites spanning the period from 1.
This toolkit includes relatively primitive hand-axes along with a variety of scrapers and perforators, and its contents imply that technological innovation was not necessary for early humans to migrate onto the Arabian Peninsula.
6 million to 250,000 years ago, from South Africa and northern Europe to India and Nepal--probably did not conduct life-cycle analysis on their characteristic bifacial hand-axes.
The discovery of a series of hand-axes, announced on 2009, indicated that the site is the only Palaeolithic habitat with a stone tools workshop that was used periodically from 1.
erectus, often linked to the production of versatile hand-axes, now seem unclear, Rightmire contends.
When John Frere discovered hand-axes stratified below the bones of extinct animals in the gravel beds of Hoxne, his news made no ripple in the waters of late 18th-century antiquarianism and geology.
On Crete, for example, tools such as quartz hand-axes, picks and cleavers are associated with deposits that may date to 170,000 years ago.
4 million years - that's 60,000 generations - there was no improvement in the design of stone hand-axes.