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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.

MSA Omo Kibish Foliates: The art of Thinning

Figure 1,2,3: These are MSA Implements, found during a geological survey in the 1940ies in the Omo Valley / S-Ethiopia. The artifacts are made from an opaque Chert and display a  very characteristic Orange Brown Earthen Patina, known from other surface and excavated … Continue reading

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Middle Magdalenian with Lussac-Angles points

                                    After 150 years of research, the Middle Magdalenian in S/W-France and Cantabria (formerly Magdalenian III of the classification of H. Breuil) can be … Continue reading

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Curved and Backed : Azilian / Federmesser of the North European Plain

  This is a 3,5 cm long pen-knife (Federmesser) from the Leudal area in South Limburg / NL, an area already introduced during an earlier post (see below). The Federmesser complex is part of the Pan-West and Central European Azilian. … Continue reading

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Hafting at Saint-Brice-sous-Rânes?

This is an unusual mono-facial scraper (7×5 cm) from Saint-Brice-sous-Rânes (Orne department; France. Figure 1 and 2: ventral side; Figure 3: dorsal side).What makes this scraper special is the carefully executed spine on the right side and traces of hafting ) Macrotraceology … Continue reading

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Shouldered Pieces: Signature of interactions around the great Adriatic plain during the LGM

  This is a shouldered piece from the early Epigravettian in Arezzo. It is not necessary a shouldered point, but during the Epigravettian of Italia, shouldering was applied to several classes of artifacts. The LGM led to the shrinking of … Continue reading

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Early Upper Paleolithic of the East European Plain

    The East European Plain  is a vast interior plain extending east of the North/Central European Plain, and comprising several plateaus stretching roughly from 25 degrees longitude eastward. It includes the westernmost Volhynian-Podolian Upland, than the Central Russian Upland, … Continue reading

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Mousterian from the Château de la Roche-Courbon site

This is a classic, very flat, paper thin, non-Levallois  Mousterian Point from the Château de la Roche-Courbon site (Charente-Maritime; 7×4,5x cm). It has an uncommon square outline, very rare during the Middle Paleolithic of the old world. Not far from Saintes, at … Continue reading

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Solutrean Leaf Point from black Senonian Flint

  The major part of the deposits of the current floodplain of the Vézère is most probably Holocene in age, with the majority of the Pleistocene deposits having been eroded away or have been buried below thick layers from more … Continue reading

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A classic Keilmesser / Prądnik from Neuburg /Donau

This is a classic “initial” Ciemna/Pradnik backed bifacial knife, (Keilmesser). It was found as a stray find, decennia ago, at Neuburg at the Donau (Bavaria) in the heartland of the Central European Micoquian technocomplex. It was made from Kreidequarzit, known as raw … Continue reading

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Solutrean Willow leaf points / Feuille de Saule from Fourneau du Diable

This is a Willow Leaf point from the final Solutrean, found during the late 19th century at Fourneau du Diable. Willow leaf points / Feuille de Saule are slim blade parallel sided implements made by sophisticated pressure flaking with rounded … Continue reading

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