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Two Acheulian handaxes

A handy stone tool

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This flint implement has been deliberately shaped. Flint handaxes like these are some of the earliest stone tools to be used by the ancestors of modern human beings. They are triangular in shape and are often very symmetrical. They fit the palm of a hand wonderfully. They were used as cleavers for butchering animal carcases. They are named after a famous site in northern France called St Acheul where they were first found associated with the bones of animals that had been butchered for their meat.