Using 3D photogrammetry to analyse handaxes

2D image of handaxe from the Nefud

2D image of handaxe from the Nefud


Increasingly, 3D artefact models are being used as the foundation for analysing shape differences between handaxes, enabling a much greater understanding of variation in the Arabian Lower Palaeolithic.

On the right is a 2D image of a handaxe found in the Nefud desert by the Palaeodeserts team in 2015.

The 3D model below of the same handaxe is constructed from a series of 2D photographic images and allows us to analyse shape differences in such handaxes in much greater detail, using geometric morphometric techniques. 

Saudi Arabia handaxe by ellie_s on Sketchfab


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