Wimereux (North Coast)

Collection of Charles Belart

The artifacts shown below are flaked tools and cores of Abbevillian/Acheulean (AKA Clactonian) technology, apparently from about 500,000 years BP and thought to be the handiwork of Homo heidelbergensis.

Acheulean Hand Axe or Chopper - Charles Belart Collection

An "Abbevillian" hand axe or "chopper" with a finely detailed quasi-anthropomorphic face image at the top of its grasping surface.  This heavily patinated piece was discovered in 2005, having been washed up from the English Channel onto the shore at Wimereux.

Below, another tool from the same locus and in the same general form:

Acheulean Hand Axe or Chopper - Charles Belart Collection

Below, close-up photos of the black flint piece above, showing unmistak- able and precise working of  the eyes on the face.  Each eye is roughly 5 mm across.  Note that the iris of the right eye (viewer's left) is convex, and the left eye's iris is concave.




Below, an image in cortex material on the opposite side of the tool:

Image 27 mm across.


Other side of tool.


Working edge.



Acheulean Chopper - Charles Belart Collection

A chopping tool in zoomorphic form.


A core in the form of a human-like head.

Another view of the core in the preceding photo.





A fluted hand axe or cutting tool.


A common form (representing what?)



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