Monthly Archives: December 2017

A short journey through the early Aurignacian of Central and South Europe

This are some artifacts from a the European (Proto)-Aurignacian. Overall the geochronology of the (Proto) Aurignacian ensembles in Central and South Europe is complex  and during the last years several broad phases have been proposed: An early phase including the … Continue reading

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Popular Paleolithic: Is there anything new for the interested German speaking public?

Books about Prehistory written in German for an interested non-professional public are notorious rare. Some days ago one important overview about Paleolithic Archeology (mainly of Middle Europe) was published, that is recommended to everyone interested in this issue. Jürgen Richter … Continue reading

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Be “Monkish”: Think the unthinkable / await the unexpected

The Germans like it “normal”. I never completely understood exactly the meaning of this phrase. One meaning is certainly that the “normal” social, ideological, and work attitude of individuals should not differ more than +/- 2% from the common. – … Continue reading

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Polyhedrons / Spheroids / Bola Stones

This is a Spheroid/Polyhedron from the Acheulian of central France. Such findings are found in old middle Pleistocene river terraces together with large quantities of Bifaces. A Spheroid/Polyhedron is a blocky core  with more than one discrete worked edge. Polyhedral … Continue reading

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Azilian Monopoint from the Roc d’Abeilles site

This is a delicate (4,2 cm long) very flat (within a sub millimeter range) Azilian Monopoint from the Roc d’Abeilles site, near Périgueux which was excavated by Champagne and Espitalié during the 1930ies with the limited techniques of their time. Anyhow the … Continue reading

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Federmesser and Azilian Ideology: Regionalism in Action

Figure 1: This is a Azilian Bipointe from early Excavations at the La Madeleine Rock-shelter. Peyrony described that such artifacts were present in the upper parts of the “Magdalenian VI” at the site. It remains open for discussion if the … Continue reading

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