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The “Pope of Prehistory” L’abbe´ Breuil

The Master Thinker: L’abbé Henri Breuil (Fig. 1) was a French “master thinker” avant la lettre, which played an eminent role during the 20th century in the Archaeological discourse in France. As the “pope of Prehistory”- he spoke “ex cathedra” –  an apodictic stance that did … Continue reading

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The Rehabilitation of the Micoquian (sensu Bordes) in Northern France

This is a Micoquian handaxe sensu Breuil and Bordes. It was found in the old brickyards at Allonne (Oise). Discoveries of symmetrical Micoquian bifaces have been particularly numerous in loess quarries of Paris Basin since the end of the 19th century , … Continue reading

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La Chapelle-aux-Saints and the distorted interpretative framework of Paleolithic Art

This is a Quina scraper (7×3,5 cm) found near Brive in the 19th century. Similar instruments are known from the nearby Neanderthal burial site from a limestone cave called „Bouffia Bonneval” at La Chapelle-aux-Saints (Département Corrèze, Limousin, France). Lithic artifacts … Continue reading

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