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Axe Age: Acheulian Tool-making from Quarry to Discard (N Goren-Inbar) Hardcover Book, (Acumen Publishing, 2006) 9781845531386


Title: Axe Age: Acheulian Tool-making from Quarry to Discard

Author: Goren-Inbar, N

Additional Authors or Contributors: Gonen Sharon (eds)

Publisher: Acumen Publishing; Publication Date: 2006

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781845531386

Volumes: 1; Pages: 544

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Axe Age is dedicated to the Acheulian, a unique cultural phenomenon with the longest duration and the widest distribution in the history of humanity. The Acheulian lasted over 1 million years and is well known over three continents (Africa, Europe and Asia). This stone tool tradition is characterized by its hallmark bifacial tools, which include handaxes and cleavers. Though this prehistoric culture has been investigated extensively for over a century, countless questions have remained unanswered. Many of them are addressed in this volume.

Axe Age will be of interest to both scholars and students, and presents original contributions that expand the scope of our understanding of this intriguing cultural entity. The contributions cover a vast geographic terrain and a large array of issues expressing hominin cognitive abilities and behavioral modes, such as landscape exploitation, production of bifacial tools and their classification, regional diversity, transmission of knowledge, transportation and discard patterns. Of the many authors, some are eminent scholars of worldwide reputation in Acheulian research, while others are young scholars reporting on their original research data. All of them contribute to gaining an improved understanding of the Acheulians and their culture.

Contents

Introduction

Naama Goren-Inbar and Gonen Sharon

Part 1: Obtaining the Raw Materials

Middle Pleistocene Landscape of Extraction: Quarry and Workshop Complexes in Northern Israel

Ran Barkai, Avi Gopher and Philip C. LaPorta

The Acheulian Quarry at Isampur, Lower Deccan

India, K. Paddayya and Richa Jhaldiyal and Michael D. Petraglia

Acheulian Quarries at Hornfels Outcrops in the Upper Karoo Region of South Africa

C. Garth Sampson

Part 2: The Technology of Biface Knapping

Invisible Handaxes and Visible Acheulian Biface Technology at Gesher Benot Ya'aqov, Israel

Naama Goren-Inbar and Gonen Sharon

Bifaces from the Acheulean and Yabrudian Layers from Tabun Cave, Israel,

Izak Gisis and Avraham Ronen

Preliminary Observations on the Acheulian Assemblages from Attirampakkam, Tamil Nadu

Shanti Pappu and Kumar Akhilesh

Victoria West: A Highly Standardized Prepared Core Technology

Gonen Sharon and Peter Beaumont

Part 3: World Typology of Large Cutting Tools

The Elements of Design Form in Acheulean Bifaces: Modes, Modalities, Rules and Language

John A. J. Gowlett

The Handaxes of Revadim Quarry: Typo-technological Considerations and Aspects of Intra-Site Variability

Ofer Marder, Ianir Milevski and Zinovi Matskevich

Acheulo-Yabrudian Handaxes from Misliya Cave, Mount Carmel, Israel

Yossi Zaidner, Dotan Druck and Mina Weinstein-Evron

What Typology can Tell us about Acheulian Handaxe Production

Shannon P. McPherron

Bifacially Backed Knifes (Keilmesser) in the Central European Middle Palaeolithic

Olaf J�ris

Part 4: The Meaning of Cleavers

Some Thoughts about Acheulean Cleavers

Derek A. Roe

Cleavers in the Levantine Late Acheulian: the Case of Tabun Cave

Zinovi Matskevich

Cleavers and Handaxes with Transverse Cutting Edge in the Acheulian of the Caucasus

Vasily P. Lyubin and Elena V. Belyaeva

Axeing Cleavers: Reflections on Broad-tipped Large Cutting Tools in the British Earlier Palaeolithic

Mark J. White

Part 5: Regional Perspectives

The Indian Acheulean in Global Perspective

Michael D. Petraglia

Acheulian Handaxes from the Upper Siwalik in Nepal

Gudrun Corvinus

The Acheulian of Western Europe

Manuel Santonja and Paola Villa

The Known and Unknown about the Acheulian

Ofer Bar-Yosef

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