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Palaeolithic hand axe from Wash Common

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This is a stone hand axe with a broken tip, which was discovered in Wash Common. It dates from the Palaeolithic Period.  The term Palaeolithic comes from Greek and means Old Stone Age.  It was coined by the archaeologist John Lubbock and covers the period of time between 11,650 and 3.3 million years ago.  The stone tools made in this period are some of the earliest tools made by humans.



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