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Why are some handaxes symmetrical? Testing the influence of handaxe morphology on butchery effectiveness

Abstract:

The morphology of Acheulean handaxes continues to be a subject of debate amongst Lower Palaeolithic archaeologists, with some arguing that many handaxes are over-engineered for a subsistence function alone. This study aims to provide an empirical foundation for these debates by testing the relationship between a range of morphological variables, including symmetry, and the effectiveness of handaxes for butchery. Sixty handaxes were used to butcher 30 fallow deer by both a professional and a n...

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Publisher copy:
10.1016/j.jas.2006.09.008
Journal:
Journal of Archaeological Science More from this journal
Volume:
34
Issue:
6
Pages:
883-893
Publication date:
2007-06-01
DOI:
EISSN:
1095-9238
ISSN:
0305-4403
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
pubs:378198
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uuid:241f7bee-7093-408d-abe9-098f2dca26e3
Local pid:
pubs:378198
Source identifiers:
378198
Deposit date:
2013-11-16

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