Tag Archives: Early Paleolithic

“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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Elongated Handaxes

This is a lanceolate handaxe, an old quarry find from the Aisne, made of quartzite and about 22 cm in length. Even larger lanceolates from this area, unfortunately undated,  have been described by Harper Kelley (Bulletin de la Société préhistorique de … Continue reading

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Popular Prehistory: Is there anything new for the interested German speaking public?

  Archeological objects can only be understood by knowing their exact context and by careful interpretation using modest middle-range theoretical approaches emphasizing their material, social and ideological meaning. Books about Prehistory written in German for an interested non-professional public are notorious rare. … Continue reading

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The Early Paleolithic of the Normandie

This is an Acheulian Handaxe, found during the 19th century in the Normandy ( picture courteously provided by Sergio Gomes). Handaxes, highly visible in the landscape were the preferred tools, that were collected during the early times of Prehistory and were used … Continue reading

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Tan Tan

These are some Chopper / Cores from Quaternary Deposits at Tan Tan in Southern Morocco. Tan Tan is famous for a geofact / artifact, called the Venus of Tan Tan (http://www.donsmaps.com/tantanvenus.html), which will not discussed here. The stratigraphy of this … 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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