An Acheulean handaxe from Gladysvale Cave site, Gauteng, South Africa

Grant Hall, Robyn Pickering, Rodrigo Lacruz, John Hancox, Lee R. Berger, Peter Schmid

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WE DESCRIBE A SINGLE HANDAXE FROM fossiliferous breccias at Gladysvale Cave, South Africa. The artefact is the only known tool so far discovered during the controlled excavations conducted at this site over the last decade, and was recovered from decalcified sediments near the stratigraphic interface of two breccia units, making it difficult to assign it with confidence to either. The morphology of the handaxe indicates a middle-late Acheulean industry, and preliminary electron spin resonance and palaeomagnetic dating suggest an age of greater than 780 000 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-105
Number of pages3
JournalSouth African Journal of Science
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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