Tag Archives: Backed Artifacts

Azilian Monopoint from the Roc d’Abeilles site

This is a delicate (4,2 cm long) very flat (within a sub millimeter range) Azilian Monopoint from the Roc d’Abeilles site, near Périgueux which was excavated by Champagne and Espitalié during the 1930ies with the limited techniques of their time. Anyhow the … Continue reading

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Deconstruction of the MTA-B

This is a backed Mousterian “knife” from the North European plain, certainly not connected with a hypothetical MTA-B. This finding was associated with non-Levalloisian Middle Paleolithic tools as shown in Figure 2. Two variants have been distinguished within the MTA. … Continue reading

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Balzi Rossi (Rochers Rouges) caves and the Ligurian Epigravettian with shouldered Points

  This are some Epigravettian artifacts from the Balzi Rossi caves:  A foliated point with partial flat retouches, Microgravettes and a 2,8 cm long shouldered point on the left, an ensemble that is very characteristic for the early Epigravettian of Liguria … Continue reading

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Federmesser-Ensembles in Westphalia during the Allerød interstadial

This is a 42 mm long projectile point from a “Federmesser” scatter in Westpahlia. While the Rhine valley Federmesser encampments are well known in the international literature, less has been published about the sites in Westphalia North Rhine-Westphalia encompasses the plains … Continue reading

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The invention of Hafting and Backing

  Backed lamelles from the Tunesian Epipaleolithic In Africa composite-tools that involve the hafting of stone artifacts in handles with gums, cords, sinews, and/or other binding materials in  first appeared at the transition from the Acheulean to the MSA. In … Continue reading

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