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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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Blades before MIS3 in Europe

Since the earliest classifications and sub-divisions of the Palaeolithic (Lubbock 1865; de Mortillet 1867; Breuil 1912), prismatic (volumetric laminar) blade technology has been seen as a recent and sophisticated technological strategy. Originally seen as a hallmark of “modern behavior” , … Continue reading

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Who built Thebes of the seven gates?– Simple Predynastic lithic industies from Upper Egypt–

These are serrated artifacts (most probably sickles) from the famous Neolithic site of Naqada, Egypt (Ex old Belgian ollection of Maurice Exsteens; 1930’s). They belong to the Naqada II period, well known for the highest flint workmanship in Prehistory- the … Continue reading

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Obsidian tools of Pastoral Neolithic groups from the Lake Naivasha basin (Kenya)

  Saharan herders and hunters spread southward to the Sahel, reaching eastern Africa by 4.5 k.a. cal BP. The earliest pastoralists entered southern Kenya through the Great Rift Valley by 3,2 k.a. cal BP, having migrated southward from the Lake Turkana region where they had … Continue reading

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The Badegoulian: Ugly Technocomplex- or Sophisticated Adaption?

  The research history regarding the Badegoulian technocomplex began 1939 with the publication of Cheynier (1939) on a certain “Proto-Magdalenian” of the Badegoule site (not to be confused to the late Gravettian at Pataud, Laugerie and Le Blot!). The name … Continue reading

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Middle Paleolithic Points and the Principle of Elongation

These are two elongated Mousterian Points on non-Levallois blades from the Calvados of unknown age. Non-Levallois and Levallois based Elongated Mousterian points, similar to those displayed her, were infrequent found during several Middle Paleolithic technocomplexes of France (mainly from OIS5-3 … 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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Segmented Obsidian Blades from Corsica

In this post  I display  multiple and still very sharp segments of obsidian blades, found at  the Cavazoz Rock shelter in Southern Corsica. Intentional breakage of artifacts is documented since the European middle Paleolithic. The lithic industry from Champlost (Secteur … Continue reading

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Large Magdalenian Blade Core from Les Genêts (Leigné-les-Bois, Vienne)

This is a very large complete Magdalenian crested  core from Leigne les Bois  (Poitou-Charentes) which is 220mm long. This piece has two opposed striking platforms for extracting large blades from the arched convex side with an organic punch.  Such artifacts have been recognized in … Continue reading

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A Handaxe from Kathu Pan and the chronology of the ESA /MSA in South Africa

Handaxe made of banded ironstone, Kathu Pan, McGregor Museum, Kimberley Photo © Michael Cope This Handaxe was found embedded in an exposed stratigraphic sequence in a sinkhole at Kathu Pan in the Northern Cape, South Africa, and dated by association … Continue reading

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