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Acheulean

Acheulean assemblages are those in which large cutting tools such as handaxes and cleavers are dominant. They were most notable in Africa, West Asia, and Europe at times beginning as early as 1.8 million years ago in northeast Africa—but there are assemblages in other places and times that also fit the pattern.

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Bison bones from Gran Dolina show butchery practices 400,000 years ago

Ancient people left a bone bed of bison killed in two seasons and butchered at the site with expedient tools.

Panoramic image of excavation at Gran Dolina with archaeologists at work.
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Did Acheulean hominins have long-distance obsidian trade?

I review several papers looking into the occurrence of obsidian artifacts in the Acheulean of eastern Ethiopia.

J. Desmond Clark photographing artifacts on a desert landscape
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Remarkable preservation of an Acheulean campsite at Gesher Benot Ya'aqov

My notes on a publication describing evidence for cooking and eating fish, crabs, and plants