Acheulean

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Etymology[edit]

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

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Acheulean (not comparable)

  1. (archaeology) Of or pertaining to a lower Paleolithic period characterized by the presence of flaked bifacial hand axes.
    • 2003, Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything, BCA 2003, p. 402:
      When early modern humans – the ones who would eventually become us – started to move out of Africa something over a hundred thousand years ago, Acheulean tools were the technology of choice.

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Acheulean (uncountable)

  1. (archaeology) A lower Paleolithic period characterized by the presence of flaked bifacial hand axes.