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Gigantic Ice Age axes discovered in the south of England

By T.K. Randall
July 9, 2023 · Comment icon 18 comments

Why are these axes so big ? Image Credit: Archaeology South-East / UCL
Archaeologists have unearthed two hand axes in deep Ice Age sediments - and they are absolutely enormous.
Thought to date back 300,000 years, the axes were discovered alongside a treasure trove of artefacts on a hillside in Medway Valley, Kent.

Their size has proven somewhat puzzling, with one measuring around a foot in length - far larger than the tools typically found from that time period - leading experts to question what they were used for.

Axes of this design were typically used to skin animals, but the enormous size of these particular examples would have made them very difficult for anyone to even hold, let alone use.
"Perhaps they fulfilled a less practical or more symbolic function than other tools, a clear demonstration of strength and skill," said UCL senior archaeologist Letty Ingrey.

It is hoped that further excavations at the site will help to reveal the answer.

"Right now, we aren't sure why such large tools were being made or which species of early human were making them," said Ingrey.

"This site offers a chance to answer these exciting questions."

Source: Science Alert | Comments (18)

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Comment icon #9 Posted by Piney 8 months ago
Not if it's socketed and they have long tangs.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Piney 8 months ago
Some aren't based on anything and the square cube law negates healthy giants.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Piney 8 months ago
I was thinking T handle, like with the giant Poplar Island axes.
Comment icon #12 Posted by OverSword 8 months ago
Or some are based on the average man being five feet tall or less and then when they run into to six and a half footers.....Giants
Comment icon #13 Posted by Piney 8 months ago
4 ft Semites running into Phillistines who ran 5'9. 
Comment icon #14 Posted by Hanslune 8 months ago
My maternal grandfather was 6' 8" and born in 1888 and called the 'Big Swede", despite being Danish and every relative who had known him I ever met always mentioned that - big men are remembered - I remember him picking me up at 10 years old  and extending me way up into the sky with one hand - he was at 76 still immensely strong.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Kenemet 8 months ago
Only in Tarzan movies.  That shape isn't good for dealing "death from above."  
Comment icon #16 Posted by Piney 8 months ago
The manhole cover shape is the best for that..........from what I read.
Comment icon #17 Posted by qxcontinuum 8 months ago
They appear in the Bible in numerous places. 
Comment icon #18 Posted by TripGun 7 months ago
For killing large prey.

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