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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.

(Pre)-Neanderthal Technology: What remained and what was lost in the Record

Fig. 1 shows convergent elongated “points” or scrapers from Le Moustier and Fig. 2 large scrapers from different French sites coming from a 19th century collection. Some years ago these artifacts would have been an anchor-point in the suggestion that … Continue reading

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Clactonian or Mimicry ?

This is a large Flake  from the beaches of Le Havre (18 cm long), that fits the definition of  the Clactonian. The Clactonian it is named after 400 k.a. -year-old finds made by Hazzledine Warren in a palaeochannel at Clacton-on-Sea … Continue reading

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Human Migration and Pleistocene African Humid Periods

These are  some MSA lithics from a larger surface scatter the Saharan Zone in Mauritania. The material is characterized by a Levallois and Laminar approach About 50% of the tools are tanged while the other artifacts have  a more general MSA- … Continue reading

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Crimean Middle Paleolithic Crescent Point

  This is a crescent 5,5 cm long Middle Paleolithic Point (Fig 1: ventral, Fig 2: dorsal) with a left sided continuous  retouche on the ventral side and bilateral flat retouches on the dorsal side, creating a delicate pointed end. … Continue reading

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The “Pope of Prehistory” L’abbe´ Breuil

The Master Thinker: L’abbé Henri Breuil (Fig. 1) was a French “master thinker” avant la lettre, which played an eminent role during the 20th century in the Archaeological discourse in France. As the “pope of Prehistory”- he spoke “ex cathedra” –  an apodictic stance that did … Continue reading

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Misliya Cave: It is Homo sapiens and not a passing stranger!

This is a large (ca 13 cm) , unretouched elongated Tabun-D Point, characterized by a chapeau de gendarme  (Fig.3) base found decennia ago in the Carmel region.   Normally this blog is not a blog on “ breaking news”, but the … Continue reading

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Isturitz: An important Paleolithic site in the Pyrénées

  From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository The Caves of Isturitz, Oxocelhaya and Erberua (Fig. 1) are part of a karstic ensemble, known as the The Gaztelu hill.  This ensemble is located in the Arbéroue Valley in the Department … Continue reading

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A Paleolithic Zinken

        This is a large (7 cm long), slightly curved classic Zinken, with abrupt retouches creating a long bec, made of Nordic Flint. As an isolated stray-find from N-Germany it is suggestive of an Hamburgian background. The … Continue reading

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πάντα ῥεῖ (panta rhei)

Here we see prepared cores, most of them are discoidal and two in Figure 2 are Levallois. The Flint examples come from South Italy (Fig.1), the Quartzite  examples from Northern Hessen in Germany (Fig. 2). The phrase πάντα ῥεῖ (panta rhei) … Continue reading

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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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