Monthly Archives: September 2010

Khirokitia: The insularity of the late aceramic Neolithic in Cyprus

Shillourokambos near Periklisha (8,9 k.a BP) is an early aceramic Neolithic site in Cyprus 6 km east of Limassol. Large quantities of obsidian blades and bladelets were found at Shillourokambos, brought from Cappadocia (Anatolia) in finished form. Naviform cores and … Continue reading

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PPNB: Big Arrowhead Tradition

  During the Pre-Pottery-Neolithic-B (PPNB; 10,5-8,5 k.a cal BP) several dramatic developments occurred: The final domestication of animals and plants The elaboration of ritual behavior The development of “mega sites” with more than 3500 inhabitants Colonisation of Cyprus (Parekklisia Shillourokambos, … Continue reading

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Levallois Points from the Perigord

These are Levallois Points from the Middle Paleolithic (MIS 5-3) of the Dordogne, displaying several variants of a common blank-type, which is known in Europe since MIS 8. These examples comprise retouched and unretouched pieces with different butts (faceted and punctiform) … Continue reading

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Ein Avdat: Elongated Levallois Point with broken tip

Ein Avdat in the Avdat/Aqev Area is a spectacular narrow canyon in the Negev, south of the Sdeh Boker kibbutz. At the opening of the canyon the water of numerous springs descends into two deep pools in a series of … Continue reading

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Cleaver from Tabelbala-Tachenghit

The Levallois prepared core technique sensu Boeda (1995) is already present in African Acheulian ensembles. The most prominent examples are from the Vaal River (Victoria West technique) of South Africa and from Tabelbala-Tachenghit in Algeria. The prepared core technique at … Continue reading

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The Beginnings of Levallois Technology 500 K.a. ago in Africa ?

The term “Levallois” was used as early as the 1860s to refer to large and flat flakes discovered at Levallois- Perret, a suburb of Paris, by the geologist Reboux. Gabriel de Mortillet in his “Musée préhistorique” already showed Levallois flakes … Continue reading

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“Adaption” of Prehistoric Research to the NS-Regime

These are two pages from  Julius Andrees book „Der Eiszeitliche Mensch in Deutschland und seine Kulturen“ published in1939. Julius Andree was a Professor for Paleolithic Archaeology in Halle during the Third Reich. Until now, this book is the most extensive compiliation … Continue reading

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The Neronian in the Rhone Valley

  These pictures show ventral and dorsal views of a Neronian point with convergent inverse retouch. The Middle Palaeolithic record of Europe during the middle and late OI3 (50-35 k.a. BP) is complex, showing diverse local entities, some with Upper … Continue reading

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Late Neolithic Flint Dagger

This is a 21 cm long extremely fine Type Ia Dagger after Lomborg (Provenience: ex Aage Broens collection of Danish Neolithics). Lomborg’s thesis from 1973 was a seminal work in the study of the Late Neolithic in North Europe and … Continue reading

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La Gane Rock Shelter at Groléjac (Dordogne)

Groléjac is a small French village, situated near the Dordogne River. The Abri de la Gane is a rather large rock shelter which was partially destructed by the construction of a pigeonry during the early 20th century. The spoil and … Continue reading

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