Unknown Artist, ‘Bifacial Hand Axe’, 600, Chamber

The bifacial hand axe of the Homo Heidelbergensis is a multi-purpose tool that was used for hunting, chopping, and perhaps also for fighting. The first hand axes were discovered in 1797 by Englishman John Frere in the village of Hoxne, in Suffolk; he wrote that the flints were “weapons of war, fabricated by a people who had not the use of metals.”
Although his discovery, reported to the Society of Antiquares in Britain, was discredited at first, it would later lead to the establishment of the field of Paleolithic Archaeology as it’s known today, and confirmed the species’ sophisticated thought and skill.

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