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Federmesser and Azilian Ideology: Regionalism in Action

Figure 1: This is a Azilian Bipointe from early Excavations at the La Madeleine Rock-shelter. Peyrony described that such artifacts were present in the upper parts of the “Magdalenian VI” at the site. It remains open for discussion if the … Continue reading

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On naming things: How does a backed Knife from the MTA look like?

This is a backed knife from an MTA context in Northern France (Fig. 1-3; 6x3x0,5 cm). The retouched margin is shown in Fig. 3. Interestingly this artifact was found in the Paris area by a collector, during the years 1905-1910 … 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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100-year Anniversary: Peyrony at the lower Rock shelter of Le Moustier

This is a classic Mousterian point, made on a thick Levallois point (8,5 cm long)  from the MTA-levels (Layer G) of the type site. Le Moustier is an archeological site consisting of two rock shelters in Peyzac-le-Moustier, belonging to the … Continue reading

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