Chopper (archaeology)

Chopper (archaeology)
Oldowan to 1.7 million years before our era - Hadar

Archaeologists define a chopper as a pebble tool with an irregular cutting edge formed through the removal of flakes from one side of a stone.

They are crude forms of stone tool and are found in industries as early as the Lower Palaeolithic from around 2 million years ago. Later societies used a more advanced implement sometimes called a chopping tool, which in some cases was refined into the more efficient handaxe.

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