Definitions

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  • adjective archaeology Of or pertaining to a lower Paleolithic period characterized by the presence of flaked bifacial hand axes.
  • noun archaeology A lower Paleolithic period characterized by the presence of flaked bifacial hand axes.

Etymologies

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From French acheuléen, from Saint-Acheul, a suburb of Amiens where the first tools from this period were found.

Examples

  • Most believe that H. erectus, armed with an advanced tool kit, known as the Acheulean or hand-ax tradition, became the first human species capable of braving an array of challenging environments outside Africa.

    Georgian Homo Erectus Crania

  • This suggests that Homo erectus was responsible for these particular tools, which were made with what scientists refer to as Acheulean technology.

    NYT > Home Page

  • This suggests that Homo erectus was responsible for these particular tools, which were made with what scientists refer to as Acheulean technology.

    NYT > Home Page

  • This suggests that Homo erectus was responsible for these particular tools, which were made with what scientists refer to as Acheulean technology.

    NYT > Home Page

  • That may be a stretch, they conceded, but the tools resemble artifacts from the stone technology known as Acheulean, which originated with prehuman populations in Africa.

    Analysis

  • That may be a stretch, they conceded, but the tools resemble artifacts from the stone technology known as Acheulean, which originated with prehuman populations in Africa.

    Analysis

  • Ryan Gibbon and his colleagues dated hand axes and related stone implements, collectively known as Acheulean artifacts, using measures of the relative decay of radioactive forms of aluminium and beryllium in quartz grains from the soil and gravel bearing the artifacts.

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  • What the kids call "Acheulean," others call pretentious nonsense.

    The Morning News

  • "Even though raw material suitable for making Acheulean tools was readily available," he says, "stone tools found with the two skulls are of a pre-Acheulean pebble-chopper type that appeared in Africa as early as 2.4 million years ago, arguing for early, pre-Acheulean migrations."

    Georgian Homo Erectus Crania

  • The very lowest layers of cultural material reflected the beginnings of the Acheulean handaxe culture some 1,4 million years ago.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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