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Symmetry is its own reward : on the character and significance of Acheulean handaxe symmetry in the Middle Pleistocene.

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.

Abstract

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.

Item Type:Article
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Status:Peer-reviewed
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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