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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.
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(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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Ten years ago their Archaeology Department was very extensive showing the story of the inhabitants of Wales from the earliest handaxe possibly dating to c.200,000BC found on Penylan Hill, right through the Romans to the medieval period.
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The characteristic form, the classic bifacial handaxe, represents a significant cognitive advance over the Oldowan simple core choppers and derived blades.
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.
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The handaxe, for example, was made to the same formula, in Africa and later in Asia and Europe, for 1.5 million years.