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Acheulean

or A·cheu·li·an

[uh-shoo-lee-uh n]
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  1. of, relating to, or typical of a Lower Paleolithic culture of the middle Pleistocene Epoch, characterized by large hand axes and cleavers made by the soft hammer technique.
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Origin of Acheulean

1890–95; < French acheuléen, named after St. Acheul, N France (Somme) (where remains were found) + -éen, variant of -ien (< Latin -iānus -ian), orig. with nouns ending in
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Historical Examples

  • Here the 'older loess' contains a typical Acheulean culture.

    Men of the Old Stone Age

    Henry Fairfield Osborn

  • It is only in late Acheulean times that human burial rites or interments begin and that skeletal remains are found.

    Men of the Old Stone Age

    Henry Fairfield Osborn

  • Thus we find late Acheulean implements in drifts of 'loess' at Villejuif, south of Paris.

    Men of the Old Stone Age

    Henry Fairfield Osborn

  • Only in rare instances, as at Castillo, were the Acheulean hearths brought within the entrance line of the grotto.

    Men of the Old Stone Age

    Henry Fairfield Osborn

  • Early Acheulean culture widely distributed over all of western Europe.

    Men of the Old Stone Age

    Henry Fairfield Osborn


acheulean in Science

Acheulian

  1. Relating to a stage of tool culture of the Lower Paleolithic Period, dating from around 1.5 million to 150,000 years ago, characterized especially by flaked bifacial hand axes, cleavers, and other core tools. The earliest Acheulian tools have been found at African sites associated with Homo erectus fossils. Later examples have been found at numerous sites in the Middle East, Europe, and western and southern Asia.
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