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Flint hand axe

Flint hand axe, Stone Age - Palaeolithic (c. 300 000 years ago)

This handaxe was found in Swanscombe, Kent. This axe is made of flint. Early humans used hard hammer stones or antler to break flakes off large flint blocks to create sharp tools. This process is called flint knapping and is highly skilful and time consuming.

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