Acheulean Flint Point on Flake

£ 110.00

A flint flake presenting the characteristic and distinctive features of the Acheulean industry. Relatively small in size, this flake would have been chipped off from a larger stone, as part of a sophisticated stone tool crafting process. The tool bears the intentional marks left by the striking tool, revealing the the skilful remodelling of the piece into a sharp point, as well as the natural dark and light grey striations of the stone. The old collection number is written in black ink to one side; as the note reveals, this stone tool was recovered in the Kentish site of Twydall.

Date: Circa 800.000 - 250.000 BC
Period: Lower Paleolithic
Provenance: From the ex J. Edwin Jarvis collection, 1970s.
Condition: Excellent condition. Old collection number written in black ink onto the surface.

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SKU: MG-336 Category: Tag:

A major milestone in human evolution and spanning over the past 2.6 million years, stone tools cover the vast majority of the history of the technological developments achieved by the genus Homo. They present the earliest form of material culture, offering important evidence about the life of our ancestors. Stone tools are normally classified into industries, with the dominant lithic technologies transitioning from Mode 1 to 5 in an approximate chronological order. The Acheulean industry (Mode 2), named after the site of St. Acheul on the Somme River in France, constituted a significant revolution in stone age technology, testifying the result of a planned manufacturing process, rather than a fortuitous operation as in the case of the earlier Oldowan tools (Mode 1). Acheulean tools are the product of Homo erectus and were intended for a multipurpose use, from butchering animals to cutting wood and digging in soil. They have one of the largest area of distribution among stone tools, with the earliest examples being from Africa and dated 1.76 million years old. It was not until much later that this industry appeared in Europe – with the earliest examples dated to 800.000 years ago -, as the result of H. erectus’ migration out of Africa.

Weight 76.2 g
Dimensions L 7.2 x W 7.4 cm


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