Acheulean Hand Ax

Don Staples (
Mon, 23 Dec 1996 16:48:49 -0800

I am looking for references or commentary on the use of the hand ax. I
have been musing over one for several months and have come to the
conclusion that it is a gathering tool first, weapon second. More a hoe
than an ax.

I have used sinle and multiple facet stone tools on animal and vegetable
material, and foundthe hand ax limited on animal tissue. Possibly used
on green bone, but edges not up to continued hard usage on hard material.

Open to thoughts or conversation.