Lower Palaeolithic Hand Axe
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A local man found this early prehistoric hand axe amongst ordinary, local rocks and stones on his garden rockery in Rectory Avenue, High Wycombe during the 1930s. It is from the early Stone Age (‘Lower Palaeolithic’ era) – over 500,000 years old. It would have been used for a variety of tasks by early humans, including cutting up animals for meat. Portable, and with different edges suited to different tasks, it has been described as a ‘prehistoric Swiss Army Knife’! The pointed tip has broken off at some point in its long history and is missing. It is made from a type of dark-coloured, andesitic volcanic rock that is found in the Lake District and North Wales, but not the South East of England. It is a mystery how it ended up in High Wycombe.