Tag Archives: Handaxe

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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Things you saw when crossing Doggerland: Boute Coupe handaxes

  This is a fine bout coupé handaxe, not from Britain, but from the Low Terasse of the Somme near Amiens. Together with another bout coupé handaxe from N-France, shown in my Blog, it indicates specific contacts between the Neanderthals … Continue reading

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Quartz during the Paleolithic: More important than usually assumed

  This is a small discoidal handaxe from the Mousterian site at Kervouster (6x5x2 cm) made from Macrocrystalline Quartz (Fig. 1, Fig. 2&3 showing the translucent character of the piece).  The site has been described during an earlier post (http://www.aggsbach.de/2014/08/kervouster-a-large-mousterian-site-in-the-bretagne/) and … 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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The Ordinary and the Special

This is an extremely flat elongated cordiform handaxe from Bihorel / N-France (11×7,5×0,8 cm). It was produced by the typical MTA method of shaping bifaces by the creation of a bi-convex transverse section by sophisticated façonnage techniques and the use … 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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Handaxe from the “Mousterien Chaud” at Montières and the diversification of the Paleolithic in N-France during MIS 8

This is a heavily patinated pointed and elongated, 19 cm long handaxe from Montières in the Amiens region (Somme Valley, N-France). The Somme Valley is famous for its archaeological sequence, where numerous rich Palaeolithic sites, such as Saint- Acheul, the type site … Continue reading

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