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hand′ ax`

(or axe`),

a usu. large bifacial Paleolithic stone tool, often oval or pear-shaped in form and characteristic of certain Lower Paleolithic industries.
[before 1000]
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Noun1.hand ax - a stone tool with a cutting edgehand ax - a stone tool with a cutting edge; the stone is held in the hand and used for chopping
edge tool - any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge (as a chisel or knife or plane or gouge)
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(10) He died in 1941 at Handax Wood, West Calder, West Lothian, aged eighty-two.
Researchers further suggested that highly modified and shaped stone tools, such as the handaxes discovered at Boxgrove and stone spear points found in later prehistory, may not have been possible to produce until humans evolved the ability to perform particularly forceful grips.
(2006): "Invisible Handaxes and Visible Acheulian Biface Technology at Gesher Benot Ya'aqov, Israel".
For hundreds of thousands of years, early humans living there used large handaxes to cut stone.
Handaxes dating back more than 2 million years, this show argues, are the first objects prehistoric peoples would have considered as sculpture.
The first commodity: Handaxes. Ponencia presentada en Reunion Anual de la Asociacion Americana para el Avance de la Ciencia, British Columbia.
"Analysis of these deposits show they lived at a time of peak interglacial warmth, when the Ebbsfleet Valley was a lush, densely wooded tributary of the Thames, containing a quiet, almost stagnant swamp," he added.Ee The layer of earth containing the elephant remains and flints is overlain by a higher level of sediment, rich in so-called Acheulian tool types -- handaxes of various forms from later in the same interglacial.
This industry is typified by well-known bifacially-modified "handaxes." (23) Acheulean-style tools ("Mode II") persist for over one million years in Africa.
The SHT suggests that the production of symmetrical handaxes may have been dimorphic: males produced symmetrical handaxes for the purpose of mate attraction whilst females focused on the production of less symmetrical, functional tools.