Animation of the Day: Acheulean Handaxe

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

570_Acheulian_HandaxeToday’s animated object is an Acheulean hand axe. Acheulean hand axes were first made by Homo erectus approximately 1.6 million years ago.  This replica was printed from a digital model of a stone original, which was recovered in Cape Town, South Africa. These bifacial tools are characterized by their teardrop shape and sharp cutting edges. They were used for a variety of purposes, and have been referred to as the “Swiss Army Knife of the Lower Paleolithic.” A video produced for Instagram by Archaeology in the Community in the Virtual Curation Laboratory features the Virtual Curation Laboratory’s Ashley McCuistion discussing the object, using a printed version made with a MakerBot Replicator.  The InstaGram video can be found here:

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