Acheulean


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A·cheu·li·an

also A·cheu·le·an  (ə-sho͞o′lē-ən)
adj.
Of or relating to a stage of tool culture of the Lower Paleolithic Period between the second and third interglacial periods, characterized by flaked bifacial hand axes.

[French acheuléen, after St. Acheul, a hamlet in northern France.]

A•cheu•le•an

or A•cheu•li•an

(əˈʃu li ən)

adj.
of or designating a Lower Paleolithic toolmaking tradition characterized by large hand axes made using hammers of wood, bone, or antler rather than stone.
[1890–95; < French acheuléen=(St.) Acheul, N France, the type site]
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Acheuléen
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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.
com/topic/Acheulean-industry) 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 hominids.
These 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 civilization.
And he shoots down the Acheulean industry, best known for teardrop-shaped stone hand axes dating to as early as 1.
Acheulean 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.
7-million-year-old Acheulean hand axes were some of the first stone tools.