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Clactonian Tradition


Definition: The Clactonian Tradition refers to the stone tools of the Lower Paleolithic period (ca. 500,000 to 100,000 BP) in Europe, made by Homo erectus. Stone tools such as scrapers and knives are made from flakes chipped off of cores from alternating directions; the cores themselves were often used as choppers. The name comes from a site near Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, England.

This glossary entry is part of the Dictionary of Archaeology. Sources for the term include the references listed on the front page of the Dictionary, and the websites listed in the sidebar.
Ebbsfleet (UK), Clacton-on-Sea (UK)

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