This flint Acheulean handaxe was collected from Broom, Warwickshire County, England. It likely dates to ca. 301,000-334,000 BP.
This handaxe is an excellent example of the carefully-flaked elongated handaxes of the Late Acheulean in Britain. The final flaking stages were probably accomplished using a soft hammer, such as bone or wood.
The handaxe is curated at the University of Cambridge, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Accession No. 1923.1075.
By ca. 600,000-700,000, hominins began expanding out of the Iberian peninsula and crossed the Pyrenees Mountains into the region of modern France. Famous handaxe sites in France include the type site for the Acheulean, St Acheul, in gravel deposits on the Somme River; Terra Amata, in Nice on the French Riviera; and La Noira, on a tributary of the lower Loire River. By 500,000 BP, Acheulean hominins were living what is now southern Britain (the English Channel did not exist at this time), most notably at Boxgrove in West Sussex, which preserves the best-preserved Late Acheulean handaxe-making localities so far discovered. Acheulean handaxe are found widely across the southern UK, including the famous finds at Hoxne, and a large modern sculpture of a handaxe commemorates the artefacts found in the Barnfield Pit near Swanscombe.