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Old World, Acheulean tradition, found in France , ca. 450,000 to 250,000 years ago. A beautifully-shaped example of an Acheulean hand axe in the characteristic ovoid/pear shape, knapped from a red-brown, glassy chert. The Acheulean stone tool tradition, named after the location in France where tools of this kind were first identified in 1847, represented a revolution in stone tools. This was made by a Homo heidelbergensis, a close ancestor of modern humans, and was made to be used in a variety of tasks - butchering and skinning game, digging in soil, and cutting trees and other plant matter. For much of human history, this was the dominant technology. This axe has a nice heft and fits squarely in even a modern hand. Size: 3.5" W x 7" H (8.9 cm x 17.8 cm); 7.25" H (18.4 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: ex-private Honolulu, Hawaii, USA collection
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