Monthly Archives: May 2013

How to write an archaeological paper

This is a preferential Levallois flake (ca 9 cm diameter) from a Middle Paleolithic workshop site in Southern France. Every scientific field has its own conventions of discussing scientific results. Scientists are hominins that are usually highly adapted to current … Continue reading

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The Nubian Complex

This is a Nubian Middle Paleolithic (MSA) core most probably from Upper Egypt In Nubia, Acheulian artifacts have been found concentrated on inselbergs which provided good raw material for the manufacture of tools in the form of ferruginous limestone (Arkin … Continue reading

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Transport of raw materials during the Middle Paleolithic

This is a 5 cm long  Handaxe from Fontmaure ( Vienne; France). The large and intensively occupied site was located directly on exposure of high quality jasper (secondary colored Upper Cretaceous flint; color oscillating from red to yellow, often multicolored). … Continue reading

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Mousterian Scaper from Combe Capelle: For the Aura of Objects

This is a Quina scraper (7×2,5×3,5 cm) from an early 20th century collection from Combe Capelle, a Paleolithic site situated in the Couze valley in the Périgord region of Southern France (http://www.oldstoneage.com/cc/cc_intro.shtml). For me, such an artifact exhibits a certain … Continue reading

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Handaxe from the Draa Valley (Marocco)

The Sahara is rich in Palaeolithic resources and an enormous amount of material was collected during the nineteenth-century colonial explorations by the French military. Subsequent scientific expeditions have also shown the overwhelming presence of the Acheulian in much of the … Continue reading

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Jericho and the changing ideology of a Neolithic Society

This is a small axe from Jericho (PPNA or PPNB; 7×1,8×1,8 cm). Jericho (Tell es-Sultan) is the name of a tell situated on an ancient lake bed plain  in the Jordan valley in what is now is known as the … Continue reading

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