Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Abbeville

Archaeological site found in 1830 in the French Valley of the Somme, possibly dated to the first interglacial (Pleistocene deposits) described by Boucher de Perthes in 1847; one of the first historical cases of artifacts of arguable antiquity; used as proof of the existence of early humans contrary to the story contained in Genesis. Through the early twentieth century the term Abbevillian was applied globally to the most ancient tool deposits; Oakley lumped both Oldowan choppers and Acheulean choppers under this term. Aka Port du Bois, Menchecourt-les-Abbeville.

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