Handaxes

Period: Lower Palaeolithic period

Approximately half a million BC

Acheulean cultire

Material: Flint

The handaxes are the typical tool of the Acheulean Culture, from the Stone Age period. Handaxes are large tools with sharp cutting edges hewn on both surfaces. They are therefore named ‘large cutting tools’ or ‘bi-faced’ tools.

Thousands of handaxes were collected from the Ma’ayan Baruch site. The hand axes were chiselled using an advanced technique, demonstrating the high skill of the ancient stonemasons, and are characterized by exceptional symmetry and aesthetics.

 

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