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Handaxe from Boxgrove carefully made to keep a symmetrical outline despite a flaw in the raw material, around 0.5 million years old. Credit: Matthew Pope.
Handaxe nicknamed 'Excalibur' from Atapuerca, northern Spain, which appears to be the earliest deliberate grave offering, 0.5 million years old.
A handaxe from Olduvai which is around 1.2 million years old.
Happisburgh handaxe c 0.8 - 0.6 million years old. Credit: Portable Antiquities Scheme.