White, M.J. and Foulds, F.W.F. (2018) 'Symmetry is its own reward : on the character and significance of Acheulean handaxe symmetry in the Middle Pleistocene.', Antiquity., 92 (362). pp. 304-319.
Bilateral symmetry in handaxes has significant implications for hominin cognitive and socio-behavioural evolution. Here the authors show that high levels of symmetry occur in the British Late Middle Pleistocene Acheulean, which they consider to be a deliberate, socially mediated act. Furthermore, they argue that lithic technology in general, and handaxes in particular, were part of a pleasure-reward system linked to dopamine-releasing neurons in the brain. Making handaxes made Acheulean hominins happy, and one particularly pleasing property was symmetry.
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|Publisher Web site:||https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2018.35|
|Publisher statement:||This article has been published in a revised form in Antiquity https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2018.35. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © Antiquity Publications Ltd, 2018.|
|Date accepted:||28 February 2018|
|Date deposited:||03 May 2018|
|Date of first online publication:||24 April 2018|
|Date first made open access:||03 May 2018|
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