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dc.contributor.authorTumler D
dc.contributor.authorBasell L
dc.contributor.authorCoward F
dc.date.accessioned2019-04-29T09:58:50Z
dc.date.available2019-04-29T09:58:50Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.issn0262-7817
dc.identifier.urihttp://journal.lithics.org/index.php/lithics/article/viewFile/720/705
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10863/9574
dc.description.abstractIt has often been assumed that handaxes were crafted and used primarily by adult males (Hawkes et al. 1997; Kohn & Mithen 1999; Niekus et al. 2012). However, there is no clear scientific or ethnographic evidence to support this. This study aimed to assess modern perceptions on essential morphological traits including symmetry, raw material and size of handaxes with a view to ascertaining whether there are differences between males and females in different age groups in their perception of bifaces. A statistical analysis was performed of data gathered through questioning more than 300 individuals, including males and females, adults and subadults (divided into juveniles and children). The study showed that most people prefer symmetrical to asymmetrical handaxes. Females in particular demonstrated a statistically significant preference for symmetrical handaxes. Juveniles and children were significantly more attracted towards symmetrical bifaces than adults, and adult females prefer smaller tools. These results suggest new avenues for research into Palaeolithic tool manufacture and use.en_US
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoenen_US
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dc.titleHuman perception on symmetry, raw material and size of Palaeolithic handaxesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.date.updated2019-04-29T09:45:15Z
dc.language.isiEN-GB
dc.journal.titleLithics - The Journal of the Lithic Studies Society
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