Handaxe typology and Lower Palaeolithic cultural development: ficrons, cleavers and two giant handaxes from Cuxton


Wenban-Smith, Francis (2004) Handaxe typology and Lower Palaeolithic cultural development: ficrons, cleavers and two giant handaxes from Cuxton. Lithics, 25, 11-21.

Download

[img]
Preview
PDF - Publishers print
Download (1851Kb)

Description/Abstract

One small test pit dug off Rochester Road, Cuxton in August 2005 produced over twenty handaxes, including two of exceptional size and quality. This volume in honour of RJ MacRae, properly known of course as Mac, provides the ideal opportunity to report briefly on the circumstances of their discovery and not only to indulge in their aesthetic qualities, but also to consider some of their wider implications. It is now clear that throughout the Lower Palaeolithic, there is a trend for handaxe shapes to become both more varied and increasingly recognisable as intentionally executed types. The Lower Palaeolithic is perhaps not, therefore, the period of stasis that is often suggested, but incorporates a trajectory of cultural, cognitive and behavioural development that is continued into, and through, the Middle Palaeolithic.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This work was funded by the Aggregates Levy as part of the Medway Valley Palaeolithic Project, which will be completed in 2007.
ISSNs: 0262-7817 (print)
Related URLs:
Keywords: lower palaeolithic, cuxton, handaxes, typology, ficrons, cleavers, macrae
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Q Science > QE Geology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Archaeology
ePrint ID: 41481
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:26
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/41481

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics