Monthly Archives: June 2011

Sede Boker: Against the “behavioral modernity-paradigm”

A simple scraper and a borer-like biface . Two isolated findings from the Negev at Sede Boker. Were these artifacts produced by modern  or archaic humans? This seems to be a strange question, because both tools are within the range … Continue reading

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Bec de Perroquet burin from La Madeleine

This is a double Burin Bec de Perroquet from the Magdalenian VI at La Madeleine with one Bec broken. Usually so called “type-fossils” are only of limited chronological value during the Paleolithic, as extensively shown during the last 60 years. … Continue reading

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Reworked MTA Biface from Indre-et-Loire

Stone tools are the most common and durable evidence of Middle Paleolithic behavior, but are also among the most enigmatic. They are, obviously, technological artifacts, produced by a set of mechanical processes beginning with raw material acquisition followed by its … Continue reading

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Copper axe from Kassel-Kirchditmold

This is a small copper axe, found as a single find in Kassel-Kirchditmold during the 1930ies. It may roughly be dated between 3.0-2.0 k.a. BC. The artefact was certainly not used for utilitarian purposes. Copper occurs naturally as native copper … Continue reading

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Vinca Figurines: Imaging the Devine?

This is a head of a fragmentary Vinca- anthropomorphic figurine. The Vinca-horizon is dated between 5400 and 4700 BC cal. on the territories of what is now Bosnia, Serbia, Romania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.  Settlements are in … Continue reading

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Combe Grenal: Again and Again

This is a simple scraper from Combe Grenal. The Grotte de Combe-Grenal is located in a little valley situated to the east of the village of Domme, 10 km to the south-east of Sarlat, quite near the valley of the Dordogne, in … Continue reading

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Mousterian Point from Grand Pressigny Flint

This is a very large Mousterian Point (16 cm) from the Touraine, found early in the 20th century. Grand Pressigny Flint is holding a special place in the raw material extraction and transport during prehistoric times, beginning in the Middle … Continue reading

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Leaf Points from the Middle and Early Upper European Paleolithic

This is a fragment of a Paleolithic leaf point found at the Goldberg, near Nördlingen, Germany. This post summarizes the archaeological evidence from Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and adjacent regions, especially with regard to so called “leaf point complex”. … Continue reading

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Handaxe Variability

The variability of handaxes can be explained in most of the cases by three hypotheses: Raw Material Hypothesis (White, 1998a):  The Handaxe form is directly related to the type, size and quality of raw material; Poor raw material leads to … Continue reading

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Shouldered Points during the Upper Paleolithic

This is a shouldered point found during the 19th century in the Provence with no contextual information.  Shouldered points during the Upper Paleolithic appeared first in the context of the French Perigordian / Gravettian. They are known from the Périgord … Continue reading

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