Tag Archives: Acheulian

An Ovate Handaxe from the UK

During the 1960ies Dereck Roe was engaged to quantify  artifact variation across the Acheulian world.  Of all of the ratios and measurements calculated by  Roe, the essence was the tripartite division of handaxes into Pointed, Ovate and Cleaver forms. The … Continue reading

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What do we know about the Acheulian in the Bourgogne?

  These are two handaxes and a large Levallois flake from the Pays d’Othe. The Pays d’Othe area is bordered on the west by the Yonne valley, on the north by the Vanne valley, and east by the city of … Continue reading

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The European World during MIS 11-9.

This is a 18 cm large elongated Biface, a Limande, from the Yonne (surface finding, probably from MIS9).  In the Yonne River valley (North Burgundy), handaxes were reported from the sand and gravels of the Soucy Formation, dated to MIS 10 … Continue reading

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Warren Hill, Acheulian near Mildenhall, Suffolk

This is a sightly rolled finely made handaxe from Warren Hill , Mildenhall, Suffolk. This example displays the classic ‘toad-belly’, patination, a very distinctive characteristic of axes found in this location . The Handaxe is perhaps one of the most distinctive … Continue reading

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Early Paleolithic in the Center of France

Fig. 1 shows a Handaxe from the center of France are often made from large flint slabs from the Upper Turonian  as is the case throughout the Seuil, Poitou and south Touraine region. Anyhow, there are exceptions: in the Loire valley … Continue reading

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Trachy-Andesiteis at Melka Kunture (Garba III)

  This is a 10 cmlong unifacial convergent scraper from Gombore II made from Trachy-andesite, a volcanic rock, that was used in smaller quantities at different sites and chronological stages at Melka Kunture (for example at Gombore I, Garba, Melka-Garba). … Continue reading

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Adhesives for composite Tools during the Acheulian?

Two late Acheulian Handaxes (ca 7 cm long) made from Quartzite from the  Tassili n’Ajjer (Arabic: طاسيلي ناجر‎) is a mountain range in the Algerian section of the Sahara Desert. It is a vast plateau in south-east Algeria at the borders of Libya and Niger, … Continue reading

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A Cleaver from Ouarzazate

This is a bifacial cleaver found in Ouarzazate  The small town of Ouarzazate, nicknamed: The door of the desert, is a city and capital of Ouarzazate Province in the Souss-Massa-Drâa of southern-central Morocco. To the south of the town is the … Continue reading

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Late Acheulian Handaxe from Central France

This elongated handaxe (15 cm long) comes from an old collection of surface findings from the Middle Loire valley. It was found together with other bifaces and cores-some with a clear Levallois appearance. The handaxe has been produced from a … Continue reading

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Large Acheulian Handaxe from S-Italy

The handaxe shown here was found at the Monte Sacro, Gargano, Apulia. It is 20 cm long and heavy (1,2 kg) and has been made by a sophisticated technique  from local Gargano limestone. It certainly  belongs to the advanced Acheulian of the Gargano area … Continue reading

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