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“Oldowan” from the lower Omo valley

This is a chopping tool / core from the lower Omo Valley in Ethiopia made from a quartz pebble  (maximal diameter: 7 cm). All  studies from this location, published so far, point out that the early lithic artifacts, found in … Continue reading

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Out of Africa-into Asia and out of Asia into Africa again?

These are some “pebble cores” of unknown age of the the “Serre Pluma” site in St Marcel d’Ardèche.  If these selectively collected objects are artifacts or geofacts remains open for discussion. After the discoveries at Olduvai Bed I, many series … Continue reading

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“Chopping Tool” from Israel

The Oldowan Industrial Complex is characterized by simple core forms, usually made on cobbles or chunks, the resultant debitage (flakes, broken flakes, and other fragments) struck from these cores, and the battered percussors (spheroids) used to produce the flaking blows.The … Continue reading

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Handaxe from the Draa Valley (Marocco)

The Sahara is rich in Palaeolithic resources and an enormous amount of material was collected during the nineteenth-century colonial explorations by the French military. Subsequent scientific expeditions have also shown the overwhelming presence of the Acheulian in much of the … Continue reading

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A Quina Handaxe from Saint- Maixent – l‘ École (Charente)

This is a handaxe like artifact (Figure 1 and 2) from a homogenous assemblage (Figure 3) of Quina Mousterian tools from Saint- Maixent – l‘ École (Charente). Bifacial tools (usually scrapers) are always present in small quantities in Quina-ensembles. Bifacial … Continue reading

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Chopping tool from the Pointe-aux-Oies site

Typical chopping tool from the Pointe-aux-Oies site near Boulogne. Bifacial retouches create a wide working edge with an ergonomic grip for the hand on the opposite side, which is covered by the original pebble-cortex with a orange-creamy-grey-white patination. I suggest, … Continue reading

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