Acheulian


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Acheulian

(əsho͞o`lēən): see Paleolithic periodPaleolithic period
or Old Stone Age,
the earliest period of human development and the longest phase of mankind's history. It is approximately coextensive with the Pleistocene geologic epoch, beginning about 2 million years ago and ending in various places between
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Homo erectus, a possible direct ancestor of modern humans, made Acheulian tools and perhaps Oldowan ones as well at Kokiselei, his team suggests.
Luque, "Woodworking Activities by Early Humans: A Plant Residue Analysis on Acheulian Stone Tools from Peninj (Tanzania)," Journal of Human Evolution 40 (2001): 289-99.
Several previous excavations in different parts of India have also yielded Acheulian tools, but these finds lack firm age estimates.
Axe age; Acheulian tool-making from quarry to discard.
The Acheulian tools represent a great technological leap," said study co-author Dennis Kent, a geologist with joint appointments at Rutgers University and Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
This argument hinges on the extended distribution of a single type of tool, the Acheulian hand axe.
The remaining sections of the volume (Chapters 7, 8 and 9) examine the lithic material from the ST complex and the chipped-stone assemblages from the Acheulian sites with equal thoroughness: the typo-technological analyses of those chapters are well-structured and supported by instructive tables, figures and artefact photographs.
Most researchers regard Homo erectus, a species that originated around 2 million years ago, as the original brains behind Acheulian innovations.
For instance, it must have required years of practice to become adept at making the teardrop-shaped hand axes of the so-called Acheulian tradition, which flourished around 500,000 years ago.
Sites of this age with abundant faunal evidence are few and far between, and currently the best is arguably the Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov (GBY), Israel, c.
The new Hebrew University study describes an Acheulian (an early stone tools culture) layer at Gesher Benot Ya'aqov that has been dated to about 750,000 years ago.