Hand axes from Spain shake up dates

Now with bifacial cutting!

Archaeologists across the globe have long pondered the million year gap between when early humans started making sophisticated hand axes with two-faced blades in Africa 1.5 million years ago and when the technology finally arrived in Europe. But a letter published this month in Nature has two archaeologists suggesting that axes from southeastern Spain are from 900,000 years ago, much older than had been believed. This new evidence would mean it took about 600,000 years for the new ax-making technique to get to Europe.   Link.


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