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hand axe

also hand·axe (hănd′ăks′)
1. A short-handled axe; a hatchet.
2. A cutting or chopping tool, especially of the early Paleolithic Period, typically consisting of a stone that has been flaked on one or both sides to produce a sharp edge.


(ˈhændˌæks) or


1. (Tools) a small axe with a short handle
2. (Tools) a tool from the Paleolithic era that took the form of a sharpened stone that was used for cutting
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A palaeolithic knapped flint handaxe fashioned some 700,000 years ago and discovered in 2000 on Happisburgh beach shares a case with a luminous Henry Moore Reclining Figure carved from an ironstone pebble picked up on the same beach.
80 kyr and said to be rich in artifacts, including the only handaxe found at the site (which may in fact be of Mousterian age and not of Acheulian), was the beginning of the human occupation of Furninha (as mentioned before, the materials described by Breuil and Zbyszewski in 1945 coming from bone beds 1 and 2 are likely natural elements and not of anthropogenic)--Neanderthals used sporadically the cavity for many thousands of years, probably up to the moment of their extinction, some 30 thousand years ago, and Bone bed 8 corresponds to the end of the Neanderthal occupation.
44) The handaxe is formed from a prepared blank, chopped out of a larger boulder of brittle, fine-grained rock such as quartzite or flint.
The Acheulean handaxe is one of the most iconic, analysed and fiercely debated artefacts flora the prehistoric period.
The team is exploring Stone Age technology and human evolution in China, including hotly debated issues on handaxe use in East Asia and origins of the modern human.
Much as one might hone a handaxe, one might add a religious symbol.
The first stage preform often appears like a miniature ovate handaxe with a bi-convex section and regular margin.
The handaxe, for example, was made to the same formula, in Africa and later in Asia and Europe, for 1.
He said officers had found an 18in handaxe in the flat, but forensic examination had not yet proved it was the weapon used.
Machin argues that Kohn & Mithen (1999) did not do so in a sufficiently rigorous manner concerning their so-called 'Sexy Handaxe Theory' (SHT).
Visitors are persuaded to stroke textiles, tap pots, feel the cutting edge of the prehistoric equivalent of the Swiss army knife, the chipped stone handaxe.