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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.
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 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.
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.
Dr Ruebens investigations uncovered new evidence that two separate handaxe traditions or designs existed one in a region now spanning south-western France and Britain the other in Germany and further to the East.
One handaxe is chipped out of a chert nodule that surrounds a round limestone mass.
This was the case with the first handaxe recognised as manufactured by humans (Gamble & Kruszynski 2009: 468-70) or the first two sets of Neanderthal fossil remains found respectively at Engis in 1829-30 and Gibraltar in 1848, which were not recognised as an early human species until after the 1856 discovery of 'Neanderthal 1' at the Kleine Feldhofer Grotte in the Neander Valley near Dussddorf, Germany (Stringer & Gamble 1993: 13).
A handaxe from Kokkinopilos, Epirus, and its implications for the Palaeolithic of Greece.
The present volume is a compilation of papers resulting from a conference on the thirtieth anniversary of the handaxe discovery in 1978 at Chongokri [Jeongok-ri] in South Korea.
This assertion was supported by a study of the effectiveness of symmetrical versus asymmetrical handaxe performance in butchering (Machin et al.