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I’m an archaeologist. This means that I study human history and prehistory by examining the remains of human societies. This is why I have such strong opinions about the Acheulean handaxe. This tool is not just for archaeologists to appreciate, though. Everyone can learn to appreciate this object with a little more knowledge.\n\n“Acheulean handaxe” is the term archaeologists use to describe a distinctive stone tool. It was first discovered in the late 1700s by John Frere at Hoxne in Suffolk, Great Britain. Jacques Boucher de Perthes, a celebrated archaeologist, found similar objects in France in the 1830s and 1840s. The name Acheulean comes from the site of Saint-Acheul, near the tow