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  • P-ISSN0023-3900
  • E-ISSN2733-9343

A Metrical Analysis of Palaeolithic Handaxed in Korea: Identification for Shape Consistency

Korea Journal, (P)0023-3900; (E)2733-9343
2006, v.46 no.3, pp.208-232

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Abstract

In Korea, the number of Palaeolithic handaxes that have been recoveredhas increased as the results of many carefully conducted excavations.Of them, the most prolific handaxe sites are highly concentrated in theImjin-Hantan Valley. A comparative study is required in order to verifythe artefacts variation. Because the characteristic features of the han-daxes from Korea are still being questioned, the determination of a use-ful definition for understanding the Palaeolithic culture in Korea ishighly required. For the comparative study, the artefacts from the UpperThames Valley in Britain are applied. The author tried to extract theattributes that are morphologically significant. The attribute for overalloutline of shape is determined with extracted metrical data. To consid-er this matter, so-called tripartite shape diagrams that were generatedby Derek Roe have been used. This series of methods allows the mostobjective verification procedure and enables a reconstruction of pasthuman behaviour in Korea.

keywords
handaxes metrical analysis the Imjin-Hantan Valley theUpper Thames ValleyIn spite of this fact Korean handaxes still share many featureswith the European ones including the British ones. Simply put typo-logical similarity cannot be neglected. handaxes metrical analysis the Imjin-Hantan Valley theUpper Thames ValleyIn spite of this fact Korean handaxes still share many featureswith the European ones including the British ones. Simply put typo-logical similarity cannot be neglected.

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