The Reutersruh Paleolithic

A Scraper, Levallois Point and a Tayac-Point from the Reutersruh site near Kassel (250-40 k.a BP)

In 1948, Hallam L. Movius Jr. proposed a theoretical line, which separated regions of Lower Paleolithic Technocomplexes with Handaxes, from regions without such tools. The “Movius line” divides the old world into Western regions (Africa, Europe and S/W-Asia including India) and into eastward parts of Asia. Germany is situated west from this line.

In Middle Europe  “Acheulean” ensembles with Handaxes older than OIS 5 ( Markleeberg, Hundisburg..) would be described by French authors as “Epi-Acheulean” due to their  low frequency of Bifaces .

In Germany, A. Luttropp has drawn attention to quartzite as a raw material in N-Hesse during the late 1930ies. One of Luttropp’s Handaxe-rich surface assemblages, with a morphology displaying a spectrum between “Abbevillian” and “MTA” , is that of Reutersruh (near Schwalmstadt). The material from the lower, middle and upper Paleolithic has been published in a monograph by Bosinski and Luttropp (1971). In this Monograph Bosinski gives a reconstruction of different “Chaîne opératoires” used at this site to produce blanks from Levallois, Discoid and other cores. From a typological view, it is reasonable to assume, that a part of the artifacts is older than the last interglacial. Luttropp’s collection was sold to the “Landesmuseum” Kassel in the 1970ies and displayed there until recently (see the followng link..)

http://www.museum-kassel.de/index_navi.php?parent=1548

http://www.assemblage.group.shef.ac.uk/issue8/chauhan.html

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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.

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One Response to The Reutersruh Paleolithic

  1. Brendan Gallagher says:

    Dear Aggsbach,
    1. Can you tell me more about aggsbach.de. Who are you? etc.
    2. Where can I see Acheulan hand axes found in St. Acheul by Boucher de Perthes in archaeological museums in France?

    Please reply
    regards

    Brendan Gallagher

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