Tag Archives: Aurignacian

It ain’t nothin’ like it used to be: Endscrapers during the European Upper Paleolithic

Fig. 1 shows a Magdalenian scraper from N-France. The relationship between form and function is a ambiguous issue that needs to be demonstrated rather than assumed. A Middle Paleolithic “point” may have been a projectile point but more often was used as … Continue reading

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The Ahmarian and Protoaurignacian along the Mediterranian

      On the left: A bladelet from the Protoaurignacian of S-Europe; on the right: A bladelet from the Ahmarian of Kebara cave in Israel. Both technocomplexes, which show much similarities but also regional and diachronic variability are ascribed to Homo … Continue reading

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The Aurignacian of central-western Italia

In Italy Aurignacian evidence is found with some substantial settlement practically everywhere, from the  Riviera to the gulf of Naples and, further south, to the Cilento; as well as from the prealpine piedmont to the Salento. Even in the pre-Alps and the … 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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Double Patination and Recycling during the Paleolithic

This is a Mousterian point with a double patina from a multilayered Levantine Mousterian site. While the initial knapper produced a broad Levallois point with a fine faceted base, which was later discarded, several hundred or thousand years later, another … Continue reading

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Gravettian lithic Projectile with Marginal Retouche

This is a small (3 cm long) and thin (0,4 mm) symmetric projectile point from the middle Gravettian at a well stratified site in the Vezere valley with a continuous fine marginal retouche on the right edge. It does not … Continue reading

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Strangled blades

These are three strangled blades from the Aurignacian of S/W France (on the left), S/W-Germany and the Negev (Israel) [Fig. 1]. Interestingly such blades have recently detected in the S-African MSA. At Diepkloof Rock Shelter a laminar pre-Howiesons Poort industry with many … Continue reading

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Denominating Lamelles during the Proto / Aurignacian in S/W-France and Eurasia

These are ventral and dorsal views from three slightly curved unretouched Lamelles Dufour (Dufour subtype) from the Aurignacian I levels from Pataud (Dordogne; France) and Les Cottes (Vienne; France). Microtraceology shows, that all classes of  lamelles during the Protoaurignacian and … Continue reading

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The different Faces of the “Alpine Paleolithic” in Austria and Slovenia

This is a non-Levallois quartzite Middle Paleolithic artifact, found near the entrance of the Lurgrotte in Styria in 2002. The Grazer Bergland in Styria / Austria is a karstic region, well-known for caves with important archaeological and paleontological findings. Archaeological … 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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