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Title: Biface Distributions and the Movius Line: A Southeast Asian perspective
Contributor(s): Brumm, Adam (author); Moore, Mark  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2012
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: The 'Movius Line' is the putative technological demarcation line mapping the easternmost geographical distribution of Acheulean bifacial tools. It is traditionally argued by proponents of the Movius Line that 'true' Acheulean bi faces, especially hand axes, are only found in abundance in Africa and western Eurasia, whereas in eastern Asia, in front of the 'line', these implements are rare or absent altogether. Here we argue, however, that the Movius Line relies on classifying undated surface bi faces as Acheulean on typological grounds alone, a long-standing and widely accepted practice in Africa and western Eurasia, but one that is not seen as legitimate in eastern Asian contexts. A review of the literature shows that bifaces are relatively common as surface finds in Southeast Asia and on this basis we argue that the Movius Line is in need of reassessment.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Grant Details: ARC/DP1096558
Source of Publication: Australian Archaeology, v.74, p. 32-46
Publisher: Australian Archaeological Association Inc
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 0312-2417
Field of Research (FOR): 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
210103 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas
210105 Archaeology of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Levant
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 950502 Understanding Asias Past
950501 Understanding Africas Past
950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified
950504 Understanding Europes Past
970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
950503 Understanding Australias Past
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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