Large Prehistoric Stone Age Lower Paleolithic Flint Hand Axe

A Large Prehistoric Stone Age Lower Paleolithic Flint Hand Axe
150 – 200,000 years old
Old smooth glassy patina
Size: 19cm long, 10cm wide – 7½ ins long, 4 ins wide
See: Finch and Co catalogue no. 9, item no. 56, for a collection of Paleolithic flint tools
These early core tools were made by means of the ‘Abevillian’ technique. The sinuous working edge and the deep flake scars are all typical of these roughly shaped hand axes which were used as all-purpose hand held cutting and chopping tools. They were probably held against the palm of the hand which was protected either by a pad of animal skin, a mass of resin or by bark.
Two Handsome Prehistoric Stone Age Upper Paleolithic Bifacial Leaf Shaped Flint
Blade Tools
Old smooth glassy patina
20,000 years old
Size: 12.5cm long, 8cm wide – 5 ins long, 3 ins wide
9.5cm long, 4.5cm wide – 3¼ ins long, 1¾ ins wide
The earlier Abvillian hand axe was clumsy because of its thick section and although the Abvillian toolmaker had a mental picture of the reasonably efficient tool he wanted, his technique was too primitive to allow him to control the shape of his implement in any but a general way, whereas the ‘knappers’ of these two flint blades knew how to remove very regular flakes to shape their tools. The major advance in biface manufacture was the earlier development of the ‘Acheulian’ technique whereby long shallow flakes were detached from the flint with blows from a ‘baton’ striking very close to the tools edge.
These leaf shaped blades were probably used as projectile points hafted to wooden shafts, but they were also used as knives perhaps simply held in a piece of leather in the hand.

Large Prehistoric Stone Age Lower Paleolithic Flint Hand Axe

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