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Replicating the handaxe shaping strategies from Boxgrove (Sussex, UK).
The experimental replication of lithic artefacts, specifically handaxes and cleavers, has contributed to im-prove our knowledge and interpretation of the archaeological record. This work consists of the experimental reproduction of the shaping strategies of large flint cutting tools based on specimens recovered from the Acheulean Boxgrove site (Sussex, UK), using the procedures elucidated from the archaeological record. The raw materials used were flint nodules eroding out of mass movement chalk gravels at the site. The final goal of the experiments was to correctly weigh the variables required to produce the handaxes. These included the dimensions and shape of the original nodule, the type of hammer used and the reduction strategy employed by the knappers. Experimental knapping by a team with varying degrees of experience in handaxe manufac-ture proved invaluable for gaining insight into the Acheulean “chaînes opératoires”.