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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

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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

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The forgotten Paleolithic heritage of Tunisia

  This post displays several chert MSA tools from different surface scatters from the Gafsa area (Literary Arabic: قفصة Qafṣah ; Tunisian Arabic: ‎ [ˈqɑfsˤɑ] Qafṣa , southern accent: [ˈɡɑfsˤɑ] Gafṣa ), originally called Capsa in Latin, which is the capital of Gafsa Governorate … Continue reading

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Bout-coupé Handaxes and Neanderthals in N/W-France and Britain

Britain during MIS3 was well-stocked but treeless grassland, with short, cool summers and long, cold winters marked by blasting winds, frozen ground and persistent snow. This is what Neanderthals apparently faced as they headed northwest from their more southerly glacial … Continue reading

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For a long Chronology of the South European Mode II Industries

Stone tools have distinctive morphologies that reflect the cognitive abilities and the development of technological skills during the Pleistocene. In Africa, LCTs made from large flakes and handaxes from large flakes and pebbles and chunks became part of Palaeolithic technology … Continue reading

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Kervouster: a large Mousterian Site in the Bretagne

  These are three typical bifaces from the Mousterian site at Kervouster (maximal length: 4,5 cm). There are two main stations in Brittany, assigned to an “MTA” made of fine grained Quartzite.  Since their discovery during the 19th century they … Continue reading

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Synchronisation of Handaxe shapes on a global scale?

This is a “Biface de type micoquien” typologically in transition to a  “Biface lageniforme” according to Bordes` typology,  made by a typical trifacial concept of  façonnage, found during the early 20th century in the important Briqueterie d’Allonne (Oise) in Northern France (http://www.aggsbach.de/2013/06/before-combe-grenal-the-early-scientific-work-of-f-bordes-and-the-allonne-brickyards/). Micoquian Handaxes can be symmetric or slightly … Continue reading

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Twisted Obsidian Handaxe from Melka Kunture (Gombore II)

This is a twisted handaxe made of Obsidian from the 800 k.a. old, early middle Pleistocene,  Gombore II site. The handaxe shown here is heavily patinated, but the non hydrated raw material is clearly exposed by small chips at the edges. Twisted … Continue reading

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Handaxe from Le Bois-l’Abbé at Saint-Julien de la Liègue: Is the “Moustérien à petits bifaces dominants” an Archaeological Reality?

This is a small Handaxe (Fig.1; 6,5 x  5,2 x 1,5 cm) from Le Bois-l’Abbé at Saint-Julien de la Liègue a commune in the Eure department in Haute-Normandie in northern France. Four find spots of Paleolithic artifacts are known from … 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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