The Top 5 of Aggsbach’s Paleolithic Blog

During the last year about 220000 readers visited my blog. These are the top five of their interest:

  1. Interpersonal Violence in Paleolithic and Mesolithic Societies
  2. Down with the “MP-UP Transitional Industries” of Europe ! 
  3. At the same time?
  4. The Prądnik (KMG) complex in Central Germany revisited
  5. Race?- what Race?

This is a North European, late Mesolithic transverse projectile point (1,3 cm long).

We are living in an new age of fear and are threatened by increasing ideological and religious motivated violence. More and more individuals abandon the discourse of democratic agreement. Instead, elected or self-empowered defamatory and vulgar “leaders” resume power at a terrifying rate worldwide. It is no surprise, that even in a blog about stone-artifacts, the issue of violence has become the number one during 2016.

Anyhow, I hope that the number five was read by people who agree that we must clearing up ideological myths about the condition humaine in a “postfactic world”.

Two topics are dedicated to the Middle/Upper Paleolithic transition of the old World, a key period of change in the prehistory of the Old World and one of the most studied issues in anthropology, as the nature of the transition(s) is still, after at least a century of archaeological research, largely unknown. Around the Mediterranean we have either Middle Paleolithic / MSA-Industries or fully developed Upper Paleolithic industries. Although tremendous progress has been made in building a reliable chronology, we still do not know where the Protoaurignacian / Ahmarian and the Aurignacian started and we still do not know who were the makers of these Early Upper Paleolithic entities.

The late Middle Paleolithic in Europe is associated with a general increase in the use of bifacial technologies across Western and Central Europe. These artifacts are often described as multifunctional, curated, mobile tools with extended use-lives, giving them a specific status in the Neanderthal tool kit. The Keilmesser-Group (KMG, Central European Micoquian) seems to be of special interest for my readers outside Germany, maybe because many fundamental texts about this topic were never published in English language.

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