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 been already published by Henri Martin as shown here in his La Quina monograph

Although stone artifacts are the most abundant type of cultural remains at Paleolithic sites,  their function is often poorly understood. Neither a typological nor a “chaine operatoire” approach is fully satisfactory in this respect. During the last years microscopic use wear and residue analyses became more important in the evaluation of the functional meaning of  individual tools.

Until recently MTA-bifaces and bifacial Quina scrapers from S/W-France were considered to have a close functional status. However it was demonstrated, that while MTA bifaces were usually used as butchering instruments, bifacial Quina scrapers were also, beside their function as instruments for cutting skin, used as cores.

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During my whole life I was fascinated by stone age artefacts. Not only the aesthetic qualities of these findings, but also the stories around them and the considerations arising from their discovery, are a part of my blog. Comments and contributions are allways welcome! About me: J.L. Katzman (Pseudonym). Born in Vienna. Left Austria in 1974 and did not regret. Studied Medicine and Prehistory at a German University. Member of a Medical Department at a German University. Copyright 2010-2017 by JLK. All Rights Reserved. You are welcome to use material in these posts so long as you cite the work.
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