The first hominins to leave Africa - whoever they were - carried with them oval- and pear-shaped hand axes used to pound and scrape food - a technology called Acheulean
, to the technology of the mid-Stone Age - also called the Middle Palaeolithic - at the beginning of that timespan.
1979): The intelligence of later Acheulean
cleavers and hand axes set hominins on an evolutionary path, which eventually led to music about 900,000 years later.
Microstratigraphic evidence of in situ fire in the Acheulean
strata of Wonderwerk Cave, Northern Cape province, South Africa.
Primitive stone tools made of quartz discovered there indicate that the site is associated with other sites in the East Africa, predating the Acheulean
69) The fifth stage or Mode 2 is the Acheulean
And he shoots down the Acheulean
industry, best known for teardrop-shaped stone hand axes dating to as early as 1.
hand axes are a bit mysterious because they are pointed but often sharp all the way around their ovular form, so there is no way to hold one without cutting yourself, and yet they're not fit for the end of a spear, either.
For example the Stone Age hand-axe, the Acheulean
biface, used by our ancestors 500,000 years ago, had been in use unchanged for more than a million years.
hand axes were some of the first stone tools.
Then, in 1995, just before I was about to give a lecture in South Africa, Bruno Werz came up to me and showed me one of three Acheulean
hand axes he had found while diving nearby.