We butchered an entire deer carcass with only handaxes. The butchery was undertaken my Peter Dawson, a professional butcher, who had never seen a handaxe prior to the experiment. One of the aims was to test the handaxe's ability in the hands of a butchery expert - and the results were pretty startling: the finger-and-thumb grip; the gentle slicing; the value of the tranchet edge; the beautiful balance of the tool.
The whole experiment was filmed using two video cameras and two still cameras - and it was hoped that the footage would be edited one day.....one day.....
If you'd like to know more, let me know.
Lithics 01/1995; 16.