The Movius Line controversy: the state of the debate

  title={The Movius Line controversy: the state of the debate},
  author={Stephen J. Lycett and Christopher J Bae},
  journal={World Archaeology},
  pages={521 - 544}
Abstract Patterns of Palaeolithic variability between eastern Asia and western portions of the Old World continue to engender controversial discussion. Most famously, debate has focused on variability in the absence/presence of ‘handaxes’ east and west of the so-called ‘Movius Line’. However, it is becoming equally apparent that cross-regional contrasts can be made using categories of data other than handaxe presence/absence alone. This, in turn, is leading to a reconfiguration of the… Expand
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