Monthly Archives: December 2012

Laussel, Venus Figurines, Scientific Racism and Prehistoric Research

  This is a denticulated point (“Tayac Point”) from the Mousterian of the Laussel rock shelter, situated 7, 5 km east and slightly north of Les Eyzies, on the right side of the Beune River. The site was completely excavated … Continue reading

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Neolithic Axe from St. Jean d’Eyraud / Bergeracois

This is a flat Neolithic axe (12 cm long) from St. Jean d’Eyraud near Bergerac There are numerous open-air stations around Bergerac, both from Paleolithic and Neolithic times. Neolithic artifact types are axes, adzes, daggers, tanged or barbed arrowheads and … Continue reading

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Trihedrals in the Acheulian of Africa and Europe

  This is an African trihedral quartzite pick hand-axe (16 cm long) exhibiting wind gloss and desert varnish, found in 1976 in the Grand Erg Oriental in Algeria by a Friend who has already passed away. In Africa Acheulian stone … Continue reading

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Thebes and the Nubian MSA

  This is a Middle Paleolithic core (diameter ca. 8 cm) from Thebes, with the typical glossy chocolate patina. Surface findings of these area represent Acheulian and Middle Paleolithic artifacts from several “Nubian” and “local” complexes. Paleolithic artifacts from Thebes are … Continue reading

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Azilian / Federmesser from the Reinhausen Forest (Lower Saxonia)

After I moved from Vienna to Germany in 1974, I often visited Rock shelters in the Reinhausen Forest south of the City of Göttingen (Lower Saxony, Central Germany) together with my girlfriend. Being inspired by the numerous Abris in the Vezere valley, we began … Continue reading

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Female Figurine from Eggendorf am Walde (Höbarthmuseum; Horn)

Female Figurine from Eggendorf am Walde, Lower Austria, found during the 1930ies and displayed in the Höbarth Museum at Horn. It is dated to the early Lengyel “culture” at about 4500 BC. The figurine art of the Lengyel complex included … Continue reading

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Hunting Prey and collecting Hazelnuts in the European Mesolithic

Waterlogged peat prevents organic finds from oxidizing and has led to some of the best preservation conditions for organic material possible. Many “bog findings” were made during and between the wars in Denmark. The Danes just needed turf for fuel … Continue reading

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Convergent

Recent developments in Paleolithic research have underscored the dynamic and temporal nature of the archeological record. Most Paleolithic assemblages are palimpsests defined by stratigraphic criteria and are aggregates made up of remains from an unknown number of depositional events. Although … Continue reading

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