Palaeolithic 'Acheulean Period' Tools & Implements for Sale

Acheaulean is the name given to an archaeological industry of stone tool manufacture associated with prehistoric hominids during the Lower Paleolithic era, extending across Africa and much of Asia and Europe. It was the dominant technology for the vast majority of human history and more than 1,000,000 years ago it was Acheulean tool users who left Africa to first successfully colonize Eurasia. Their distinctive oval and pear-shaped handaxes have been found over a wide area and some examples attained a very high level of sophistication, suggesting that the roots of human art, economy and social organisation arose as a result of their development. Although it developed in Africa, the industry is named after the type site of Saint Acheul, now a suburb of Amiens in northern France, where some of the first examples were identified in the nineteenth century.

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British Palaeolithic Stone Age 'Upnor' Acheulean Core 025504

British Palaeolithic 'Upnor' Acheulean Core
Flint, 397 grams, 87 mm. A flint core from the known lower Palaeolithic site of Upnor in Kent, collected around 1915 from the same pit as the highly publicised Upnor Elephant which went on display in London’s Natural History Museum. Old collection inscription in black: Upnor 34. This core shows typical Acheulean style manufacture and is in a pristine state of preservation with ink inscribed collection reference number and provenance history information supplied. The flint tools of the "Acheulean" are now accepted as contemporary with the "Clactonian" industry, two separate tribes of "Homo Heidelbergensis" living at the same time but adopting different methods of tool production c. 400,000 y ago. A nice provenanced core in extremely fine condition. Provenance: ex J. Edwin Jarvis Collection; formerly in the Crompton collection.

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British Palaeolithic Stone Age 'Upnor' Acheulean Core 025504


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