Monthly Archives: November 2010

Bromme Point

Bromme Point from the Type Site. Analysis of these projectile points indicates that they comprised an excellent and efficient hunting weapon when used as spear heads. They were too heavy weighted for being arrow points. We have evidence of four … Continue reading

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The late Gravettian of Western Slovakia

Several shouldered points from the late Gravettian in the Vah-valley. Together with Willendorf I/II in Lower Austria, sites in the adjacent area of Western Slovakia form a dense cluster of the late Gravettian in Middle Europe. The Moravany and the … Continue reading

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A large handaxe from Le Moustier

Denis Peyrony was the first, who recognized the interassemblage variablity of the Mousterian technocomplex during his excavations at  Le Moustier. He described two classes of Mousterian assembages: the Typical Mousterian and the Mousterian of Acheulean Tradition(MTA). The former was characterized … Continue reading

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Shamans in the Paleolithic?

The ethnological museum of the University of Göttingen, where I work as a physician, owns a collection dating back to Georg Thomas Asch (1729-1807), a Russian physician, collector and patron with German roots. One highlight of his collection is a … Continue reading

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Yarmukian Sickles from Megiddo

Flint sickles from Megiddo (Early pottery Neolithic resp. Yarmukian) The Yarmukian, known from some 20 sites in the southern Levant is famous for its “Coffeee beans eyes” clay figurines. The Yarmukians were the first in this part of the world … Continue reading

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Insights into the Natufian

Helwan Lunates and personal adornment of the Natufian Period (Kebara Cave Vicinity) During the spring of 1928 D.A.E. Garrod began the excavation of Shukba cave some 27 km northwest of Jerusalem. The cave opened on the Wadi en-Natuf at 322 … Continue reading

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A laurel leaf point from the Dordogne

A large laurel leaves point (21 cm) from the Dordogne. Such artifacts are especially known from Laugerie haute, Pech-de-la-Boissiere, Fourneau-du-Diable and Jean Blancs. In his seminal thesis about the Solutrean Philip Smith’s defined the typology of Solutrean laurel leaves points … Continue reading

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Cordiform Biface from Goderville

From the collections, made before 1950 at the Brickyard of Goderville, F. Bordes described two series of middle Paleolithic artifacts on the basis of their patination. In both series some small cordiform handaxes, similar to those that are displayed here, … Continue reading

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Handaxe from St-Pierre-les-Elbeuf

Paleolithic tools from St-Pierre-les-Elbeuf have been collected since the 1880ies. This large bifaces is said to come from the “basis” of the Elbeuf sequence, but such a declaration has to be handled with care. Older Loess deposits (older than the … Continue reading

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Bifacial Quina Scraper

This is a bifacial Quina scraper from the Les Eyzies vicinity. These artifacts are very similar to MTA-bifaces, however their oval shape and the absence of  two converging edges are very different from cordiform handaxes. Similar scrapers, although rare have … Continue reading

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