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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 Châtelperronian: a fully developed Leptholithic Industry

http://www.aggsbach.de/2015/05/down-with-the-mp-up-transitional-industries-of-europe/The common paradigm: “The Châtelperronian industry (Châtelperronian or Castelperronien in French) is considered to be the very last behavioral testimony of Neanderthals in France and northern Spain. For a few millennia, Neanderthals switched to systematic blade production, focused on stone … Continue reading

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The Early Upper Paleolithic in the Nil Valley

Two bipolar Upper Paleolithic blade cores (up to 13 cm long) from the Nil valley. The upper and middle Nil valley, the western desert and the oases were once populated by humans during OIS 5. During OIS4 there are no … Continue reading

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Early Blades

  This is a retouched large blade (12 cm) from the Fontmaure Mousterian site. Pradel called this artifacts  “racloirs”, maybe only to confirm the doctrine that the Mousterian is a flake-based industry. Anthropologists often suggest that blades are per se an … Continue reading

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Fontmaure and the “Moustérien typique final à lames”

These are blades from the Fontmaure site putatively assigned to the upper Mousterian level detected by Luis Pradel in 1938. The Fontmaure site was first recognized in 1905, plundered by amateurs until 1935 ,and finally destructed by quarry operations. Fontmaure … Continue reading

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Elegance in the Neolithic?

This post is related to the “Symbol” concept, in order to demonstrate the difficulties in the reconstruction of the human mind in prehistoric societies.  A design of an artifact that combines simplicity and that is concentrated on essential features  is … Continue reading

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Flakes, Blades, Bladelets!!

  These are several bladelets from the Kebaran strata at the type site Kebera cave, already introduced during earlier posts. I remember well that I was convinced by arguments when reading Leroi-  Gourhan’s, “Le Geste et la Parole” during the … Continue reading

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Levallois Blade Core

Levallois Blade Core (a field finding from Meyrals, a wonderful small town between Sarlat and Les Eyzies, in the Dordogne) During the last 30 years it became clear, that the production and use of blades in West and Middle Europe … Continue reading

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Early Upper Paleolithic at Kebara Cave (Israel)

Kebara cave, located on the western escarpment of Mt Carmel, was one of the first sites on the levantine coast that was excavated in the last century. First digs in 1932 by Turville-Petre were followed by the more methodological work … Continue reading

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