Paleolithic Core or Pebble-Tool from Kassel

This Quartzite tool was part of a surface scatter of artifacts (5x5m) on a field together with crude (non-Levallois) large flakes and some simple side-scrapers near Kassel. This polyhedron may be a heavy duty tool from the Lower Paleolithic and/or a Non-Levallois core. It has some similarities to a subclass of cores, that where found at the Reutersruh site near Schwalmstadt / Hesse. What is highly interesting is the fact, that the raw material was obviously imported from the Reutersruh Quartzite source 60 km away. This is a relatively high distance for the transport of raw material during the Lower Paleolithic.

Suggested Readings:

LUTTROPP, A. U. G. BOSINSKI: Der altsteinzeitliche Fundplatz Reutersruh bei Ziegenhain in Hessen. ( Fundamenta. Monographien zur Urgeschichte Reihe A/Band 6)
FIEDLER, L. (1997): Jäger und Sammler der Frühzeit. Vor- und Frühgeschichte im Hessischen Landesmuseum in Kassel. Staatliche Museen Kassel.
FIEDLER, L. (1993): Altpaläolithische Oberflächenfunde in Hessen. Archäologie in Deutschland 10 (1), 47-48, Theiss-Verlag, Stuttgart.

About Katzman

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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