Tag Archives: Acheulien

500 k.a. of human settlement of the Atlantic façade of Iberia

  This is one of the many non dated handaxes made from quartzite, found in the Tagus valley in Portugal.  Although the Lower Paleolithic occupation of the Iberia peninsula is now well documented in several contexts, particularly by the archeological findings of the Sierra … 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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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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Olorgesailie : Paleo-Landscapes in your mind

  This is a 25 cm long lanceolate handaxe from Olorgesailie, a geological formation in East Africa containing a group of ESA (990-500 k.a.)  and MSA archaeological sites. It is on the floor of the Eastern Rift Valley in southern … Continue reading

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At the Shores of Europe: Acheulian in the Gargano

This is limestone handaxe from the Gargano region in Southern Italy. This region is not far away from the Venosa site in the South (see last post). The Gargano is an almost entirely mountainous headland; it reaches a maximum altitude … Continue reading

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Before Combe Grenal: The early scientific work of F. Bordes and the Allonne Brickyards

This is a typical Acheulian handaxe from Allonne (Fig. 1; Oise department in northern France). Since many years, I am fascinated by the elegant elongated late Acheulian handaxes from this site. I am still astonished by the uniformity of the Allonne … Continue reading

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Acheulian in the Charente and adjacent regions

This is an Acheulian handaxe from the Charente (10 cm long). During the last 40 years, research on deposits of the early Middle Pleistocene has increased in Western Europe.  This is, among others, the case in England with Boxgrove and … Continue reading

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Handaxe from the Draa Valley (Marocco)

The Sahara is rich in Palaeolithic resources and an enormous amount of material was collected during the nineteenth-century colonial explorations by the French military. Subsequent scientific expeditions have also shown the overwhelming presence of the Acheulian in much of the … Continue reading

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