Tag Archives: Acheulean

500 k.a. of human settlement of the Atlantic façade of Iberia

  This is one of the many non dated handaxes made from quartzite, found in the Tagus valley in Portugal.  Although the Lower Paleolithic occupation of the Iberia peninsula is now well documented in several contexts, particularly by the archeological findings of the Sierra … Continue reading

Posted in Plaeolithics and Neolithics | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

An Ovate Handaxe from the UK

During the 1960ies Dereck Roe was engaged to quantify  artifact variation across the Acheulian world.  Of all of the ratios and measurements calculated by  Roe, the essence was the tripartite division of handaxes into Pointed, Ovate and Cleaver forms. The … Continue reading

Posted in Plaeolithics and Neolithics | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

What do we know about the Acheulian in the Bourgogne?

  These are two handaxes and a large Levallois flake from the Pays d’Othe. The Pays d’Othe area is bordered on the west by the Yonne valley, on the north by the Vanne valley, and east by the city of … Continue reading

Posted in Plaeolithics and Neolithics | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Quartzite Handaxe from La Gravette, Grenade, Haute-Garonne

This unifacial Quartzite Handaxe comes from the Haute-Garonne, North of Toulouse. It was Jean-Baptiste Noulet (1802 – 1890), a French scientist and naturalist, who first described the Paleolithic implements of the Garonne and its tributaries. In 1851, at Clermont-le-Fort, he … Continue reading

Posted in Plaeolithics and Neolithics | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The forgotten Paleolithic heritage of Tunisia (II)

Numerous surface scatters around Gafsa were sampled (mainly by amateurs) through the last 100 years.  Here they found a small sized Acheulian or MSA with small Bifaces made from Flint (as shown in an earlier post: see below). Eurocentric French … Continue reading

Posted in Plaeolithics and Neolithics | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The European World during MIS 11-9.

This is a 18 cm large elongated Biface, a Limande, from the Yonne (surface finding, probably from MIS9).  In the Yonne River valley (North Burgundy), handaxes were reported from the sand and gravels of the Soucy Formation, dated to MIS 10 … Continue reading

Posted in Plaeolithics and Neolithics | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Warren Hill, Acheulian near Mildenhall, Suffolk

This is a sightly rolled finely made handaxe from Warren Hill , Mildenhall, Suffolk. This example displays the classic ‘toad-belly’, patination, a very distinctive characteristic of axes found in this location . The Handaxe is perhaps one of the most distinctive … Continue reading

Posted in Plaeolithics and Neolithics | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Early Paleolithic in the Center of France

Fig. 1 shows a Handaxe from the center of France are often made from large flint slabs from the Upper Turonian  as is the case throughout the Seuil, Poitou and south Touraine region. Anyhow, there are exceptions: in the Loire valley … Continue reading

Posted in Plaeolithics and Neolithics | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Adhesives for composite Tools during the Acheulian?

Two late Acheulian Handaxes (ca 7 cm long) made from Quartzite from the  Tassili n’Ajjer (Arabic: طاسيلي ناجر‎) is a mountain range in the Algerian section of the Sahara Desert. It is a vast plateau in south-east Algeria at the borders of Libya and Niger, … Continue reading

Posted in Plaeolithics and Neolithics | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A Cleaver from Ouarzazate

This is a bifacial cleaver found in Ouarzazate  The small town of Ouarzazate, nicknamed: The door of the desert, is a city and capital of Ouarzazate Province in the Souss-Massa-Drâa of southern-central Morocco. To the south of the town is the … Continue reading

Posted in Plaeolithics and Neolithics | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment