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 Paleolithic with small quantities of typical flint that was moved over the landscape.

 While it seems that in the Touraine and adjacent areas the Acheulean occupation was confined almost exclusively to the floodplains, we observe a diversification of sites, which were localized not only at the river banks but also at slopes, plateaus and sometimes caves and rock-shelters, during the Middle Paleolithic.

 In these regions a Mousterian with bifacial artifacts is known almost exclusively from open air sites along with other industries, that are mainly characterized by the occurrence of  large scrapers which are exclusively found in caves and rock shelters along the valleys of the Brignon, Anglin, the Gartempe and the Vienne.

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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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