Tag Archives: Early Upper Paleolithic

The earliest Upper Paleolithic in the Nil Valley

Last year Douka et al. published that McBurney’s Layer XXV Haua Fteah cave (Cyrenaica, northeast Libya), associated with Upper Palaeolithic Dabban blade industries, has a clear stratigraphic relationship with the (CI) Y-5 tephra. Regarding this more complete “long stratigraphy” for … Continue reading

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Emireh points and the Levantine Initial Upper Paleolithic

. These are two convergent triangular “points” (3 and 3,2 cm long) from the Early Upper Paleolithic of Israel ( Carmel area) with basal thinning (Emireh points). Except the absence of ventral laminar retouch they fulfill the rather narrow definition of this artifact. … Continue reading

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Some late Magdalenian Projectile Points in S/W France

  These are three late Magdalenian projectile points from S/W-France. The first one is a  5,7 cm long “Point de Teyjat”  found near Sarlat at the Pech de Bourre site and the other two are shouldered points from the Abri … Continue reading

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Mobility during the Middle Palaeolithic in Europe

This is a elongated Lydite scraper with scalar retouches from the Middle Palaeolithic Lenderscheid site near Kassel, where Neanderthals used an outcrop of fine-grained tertiary quartzite as raw material supply for the production of their artifacts. Numerous  quartzite cores were left at … 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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For a long chronology of the Early Upper Paleolithic in Europe

  This are  typical Aurignacian tools from the Swabian Aurignacian from my collection. Once assumed to be relatively young, this Aurignacian is now dated among the earliest Upper Paleolithic in Europe. C-14 Measurements are traditionally made by counting the radioactive decay … Continue reading

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A thick retouched Aurignacian blade from Meyrals / Périgord Noir

Figure 1 and 2: This is a thick  (12×4,5×2,5 cm)  bilaterally  retouched Aurignacian blade with short carinated  “end-scraper” characteristics on the distal end. It is made from typical Dordogne chert and was found near Meyrals  in the Périgord Noir, just a few … Continue reading

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Transitions during the Paleolithic of North Africa

These are three Epipaleolithic artifacts from western Morocco. While we know numerous sites from the Iberomaurusian and Capsian, industries from the Initial Upper Paleolithic in N-Africa are scare. The period between the Middle Palaeolithic (a Levallois-Mousterian with or without pedunculated … Continue reading

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The Denticulated Mousterian in S/W-France

Three denticulated tools from the Middle Paleolithic of the Dordogne (the left one from Combe Capelle, 6-7cm long). The Backing of tools in the MTA-B and the Chatelperronian and a similar geographical distribution of both technocomplexes is highly suggestive that the … Continue reading

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