Bout-coupé

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In archaeology, a bout-coupé is a type of handaxe that constituted part of the Mousterian industry of the Middle Palaeolithic. The handaxes are bifacially-worked and in the shape of a rounded triangle.

They are only found in Britain in the Marine Isotope Stage 3 (MIS 3) interglacial between 59,000 and 41,000 years BP, and are therefore considered a unique diagnostic variant.[1][2]

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  1. ^ Pettitt, Paul; White, Mark (2012). The British Palaeolithic: Human Societies at the Edge of the Pleistocene World. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. p. 349. ISBN 978-0-415-67455-3. 
  2. ^ White, Mark J; Jacobi, Roger M (May 2002). "Two Sides to Every Story: Bout Coupé Handaxes Revisited". Oxford Journal of Archaeology (Wiley Online Library) 21 (2): 109–133. doi:10.1111/1468-0092.00152. 

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