While right now, we aren’t sure why such large tools were being made, or which species of early human were making them, this site offers a chance to answer these exciting questions.Senior Archaeologist at the University College London Institute of Archaeology, Letty Ingrey, describing the “giant handaxes” that were among early prehistoric stone tools found in Britain.
Why It Matters: Excavations in Britain yielded the discovery of 800 stone artifacts assumed to be more than 300,000 years old (circa the Ice Age). Particularly important artifacts include two huge flint knives, referred to as “giant handaxes,” that researchers believe were held in the hand and could have been used for cutting things such as meat. One of the axes is the longest of its kind ever found in Britain, causing researchers to further learn about early civilizations.
Something to Consider: “These handaxes are so big it’s difficult to imagine how they could have been easily held and used. Perhaps they fulfilled a less practical or more symbolic function than other tools, a clear demonstration of strength and skill,” explained Ingrey. Click here to check out photos of the handaxes.
Also Found: Archaeologists also uncovered a Roman cemetery that is expected to date about 225,000 years after the stone artifacts; within the cemetery, they found the remains of 25 individuals, personal belongings, pottery and animal bones.
by Jenna Lee,