Palaeolithic Hand Axe 240mm long of massive proportions produced by a Palaeolithic hand craft culture. With excellent preservation to this Acheulean prehistoric African Homo ergaster, contemporaneous to European Homo erectus, hand axe. Fashioned from a distinctively fine toned chert type quartzite displaying shades of caramel throughout. the archetypal symmetrical bi-facial, 'plano' cross section, 'alargados' length and 'almendrada' shaped base, or terminal end, fine edge, of a stout manufacture.
The cultural era of the Acheulean Stone Age dates from 2.5 to 1.6 million years, marked by the earliest use of tools. The Palaeolithic era or Stone Age ended at various times across the world, generally known for ending around 10,000 years ago in Europe and the Middle East. It extends from the earliest known use of stone tools by hominins such as australopithecines, 2.6 million years ago, to the end of the Pleistocene era, approximately 10,000 BP.
The Stone Age is separated into three main periods. The Palaeolithic old stone age, Mesolithic middle stone age and Neolithic new stone age, the Old Stone Age, producing the first Neanderthal artisans of stone artefacts, about 2.5 million years ago, to the end of the last Ice Age, approximately 9,600 BCE. Neanderthals from the Palaeolithic era spent most of their lives hunting animals and their diet consisted of all meats, insects and nuts, berries, fruits, grains and plants, continually moving their territory onto new hunting grounds.