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The Paleolithic Age

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Valerie Harris

on 12 October 2012

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The Paleolithic Age Beginning some 2.5 million years ago The Lower Paleolithic Age The Middle Paleolithic Age The Upper Paleolithic Age The Pebble Tool Tradition At some point, early hominids began purposely selecting raw materials and making their own sharp-edged stone tools. This tradition entailed the sharpening of pebbles and small cobbles from the bi-facial removal of flakes. The original thought was that the end result was to be sharpened pebbles, but now they believe it to have been used as a tool for cutting. Using this technique was very similar to the previous in the sense of bi-facial flaking, but after the flaking, they used a soft hammer for the final shaping of the tool, which made it much sharper, and it initially ended up with more cutting edge than either of the other previously used tools. More confined to Africa, the Middle East, and western and central Europe. The Acheulean
Handaxe Tradition The Chopper-Chopping Tool Tradition http://archserve.id.ucsb.edu/courses/anth/fagan/anth3/Courseware/Lithictech/6_Lower_Paleolithic_Tool.html The only difference between this and the Pebble Tool Tradition, is the Chopper-Chopping Tradition was much more detailed and they worked much harder on the bi-facial removal of the flakes. This tradition had extreme longevity, specifically in China and Southeast Asia. http://archserve.id.ucsb.edu/courses/anth/fagan/anth3/Courseware/Lithictech/6_Lower_Paleolithic_Tool.html http://archserve.id.ucsb.edu/courses/anth/fagan/anth3/Courseware/Lithictech/6_Lower_Paleolithic_Tool.html
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