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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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The Acheulian of Tihodaine (Tassili n’Ajjer)

  This is a large (22 cm long) handaxe from the Tihodaine site (Tassili n’Ajjer). This is very large compared with average sized handaxes from this site (7,7 cm long), but such “gigantism” has already described elsewhere. The Sahara is … Continue reading

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Large Cutting Tools at Isimila

This is a large, perfect, “six-hit”- cleaver from Isimila / Tansania made of  Mylonite, a cataclastic microcrystalline rock with a finely divided quartz groundmass of various types and colors (Howell et al. 1962, 64). The Isimila mylonite has good knapping … Continue reading

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Micoquian Bifaces

This is a Micoquian Handaxe from the famous El Beyyed-Tazazmout site in northern Mauretania, where it was collected during 1963. Micoquien Handaxes can be symmetric or slightly asymmetric. They have a massive, often only coarsely or unworked base, slightly of … Continue reading

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Cleaver from Mazières/ Creuse

This is a 20 cm long cleaver from Mazières/ Creuse Valley in Central France. The Europe distribution of cleavers coincides only partly with that of Acheulian Handaxes during the  Acheulian. They are most abundant in regions in which the raw … Continue reading

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Black Basalt Handaxe

Our prehistoric ancestors were constantly looking for stone. As soon as ancient hominids started to use stone tools on a regular basis, some 2.6 million years ago and most probably even earlier than that, the search for their stone became … Continue reading

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Sophistication

Middle English sophisticaten, to adulterate, from Medieval Latin sophisticre, sophistict-, from Latin sophisticus, sophistic, from Greek sophistikos, from sophists, sophist; see sophist.]. Being expert or having knowledge of some technical subject; “understanding volumetric concepts in flint knapping requires considerable sophistication”. The simple … Continue reading

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A flake Cleaver produced by the Tabelbala-Tachengit technique

This is a flake Cleaver produced by the Tabelbala-Tachengit technique, from the N/W-Sahara. The detachment of large flakes for biface manufacture is suggested to be one a significant technological advance of Homo erectus / ergaster. African cleavers are virtually without … Continue reading

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Biface-Cleaver from the Mauretanian Sahara

This is a classic bifacial cleaver found in the Mauretanian Sahara. Cleavers are roughly U-shaped stone tool with a transverse cutting edge. They can be produced from a large flake or from a bifaces. Bifacial cleavers resemble truncated handaxes with … Continue reading

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Cleaver from Tabelbala-Tachenghit

The Levallois prepared core technique sensu Boeda (1995) is already present in African Acheulian ensembles. The most prominent examples are from the Vaal River (Victoria West technique) of South Africa and from Tabelbala-Tachenghit in Algeria. The prepared core technique at … Continue reading

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