Saint-Même-les-Carrières : A Biface that was used as a Core



Acheulian Bifaces were found during quarry operations in the 19th and early 20th century at Saint-Même-les-Carrières (Poitou-Charentes), a small village with about 1000 inhabitants. The most famous of these handaxes is a wonderful example now displayed in the the National Museum at Les Eyzies and fine examples of St Meme handaxes obtain high prices on the “Paleo- Market”.

The example, shown here, is of special interest, because the artifact was secondarily used as a core for the detachment of a large flake (first picture, dorsal view). Similar exemplars are known from the Acheulian at Cagny (Somme) in Northern France. It has to be noted that the prepared core technique was in most of the cases not developed by this way, but using a handaxe as a prepared core comes naturally to mind and may  be seen as an independent invention in the controlled production of flakes and blades.



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