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The Early Gravettien at Pataud rock shelter

The first pictures of this post show a Flechette (4 cm long) and a classic middle sized (7,5 cm long) Gravette point from the Pataud rock shelter. The Gravettian is a great cultural tradition of the Early Upper Palaeolithic, present throughout … Continue reading

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New Data from Willendorf and the Beginning of the classic Aurignacian in central Europe

    This is a classic Aurignacian core for the detachment of bladelets. The question of the beginning of this technocomplex and its origin is intensively discussed.  It can be assumed with sufficient certainty that the Aurignacian and the Protoaurignacian … Continue reading

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Non Utilitarian Objects collected by Early Humans: The Archaeology of Curiosity

This is a fossilized shark tooth from the Gravettian strata of the Abri Pataud at Les Eyzies in the French Dordogne. Sharks have been living on earth for about 400 million years. When a shark dies and its cartilage dissolves, the teeth … Continue reading

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Gravettian Jet Pendant at Abri Pataud (Les Eyzies; Dordogne)

 Jet, known also as “gagate”, is a carbon fossil, compact and very light. It is a lustrous black stone which has a hardness of 2.5-4 (quite soft) and a specific gravity of 1.30-1.35. Another name of jet is “black amber”. … Continue reading

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Microgravettes: the most successful lithic projectile points of the Paleolithic Old World

These are some Microgravettes from the Early Gravettian at Abri Pataud at Les Eyzies. The Gravettian / Epigravettian phenomenon is a complex biocultural system of anatomically modern humans to cold and arid glacial conditions and the evidence of their remarkable … Continue reading

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At the same time?

Fig 1: Ahmarian bladelets from Kebara; Israel (EUP) Carbon-14 (C-14) dating was presented by Willard Libby in 1949, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. By the 1980s, with significant developments in the instrumentation used in radiocarbon … Continue reading

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Reindeer phalanges from the Gravettian at Abri Pataud / Dordogne

  The reindeer / caribou (Rangifer tarandus) is a species of deer native to Arctic, Subarctic, and tundra, boreal and mountainous regions. During the cold phases of the Pleistocene, Rangifer tarandus in Europe migrated south, as far as to the … Continue reading

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Falling out of Time: “Anachronistic Tools”

This is a flat and still sharp Handaxe (10 cm long), made of local flint and found in intact early Gravettian deposits at the Abri Pataud during the early 20th century together with “Perigordian IV / V “ Upper Paleolithic … Continue reading

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Gravettian with Noailles Burins

These are typical Noailles Burins from the Fourneau du Diable Site in the Dordogne. The upper paleolithic with Noailles Burins (Noaillian of Nicholas David or Périgordien Vc of Denis Peyrony at La Ferrassie) is considered to be an integral part … Continue reading

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