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A Rare Paleolithic Artifact: a “star-shaped” percoir

  This is a “star-shaped” micro percoir, coming from a 19th century  collection from the La Madeleine site in the Vezere Valley. Peyrony described some Badegoulian tools from the basal layers, but the stone tool could also come from later Magdalenian … Continue reading

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Shouldered Pieces: Signature of interactions around the great Adriatic plain during the LGM

  This is a shouldered piece from the early Epigravettian in Arezzo. It is not necessary a shouldered point, but during the Epigravettian of Italia, shouldering was applied to several classes of artifacts. The LGM led to the shrinking of … Continue reading

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Balzi Rossi (Rochers Rouges) caves and the Ligurian Epigravettian with shouldered Points

  This are some Epigravettian artifacts from the Balzi Rossi caves:  A foliated point with partial flat retouches, Microgravettes and a 2,8 cm long shouldered point on the left, an ensemble that is very characteristic for the early Epigravettian of Liguria … Continue reading

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Gravettian lithic Projectile with Marginal Retouche

This is a small (3 cm long) and thin (0,4 mm) symmetric projectile point from the middle Gravettian at a well stratified site in the Vezere valley with a continuous fine marginal retouche on the right edge. It does not … Continue reading

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Microgravettes: the most successful lithic projectile points of the Paleolithic Old World

These are some Microgravettes from the Early Gravettian at Abri Pataud at Les Eyzies. The Gravettian / Epigravettian phenomenon is a complex biocultural system of anatomically modern humans to cold and arid glacial conditions and the evidence of their remarkable … Continue reading

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Falling out of Time: “Anachronistic Tools”

This is a flat and still sharp Handaxe (10 cm long), made of local flint and found in intact early Gravettian deposits at the Abri Pataud during the early 20th century together with “Perigordian IV / V “ Upper Paleolithic … Continue reading

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After the Great Cold: The Epigravettien in Austria and the Grubgraben site

 This is a short (3,5 cm long) and rather thick endscraper from the Grubgraben site in Lower Austria, found at the beginning of the last century, dated to ca 20k.a. Cal BP. To my knowledge most the Grubgraben material is stored … Continue reading

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Lost and Found: Epigravettian Point from the Gargano peninsula

In Western Europe, between ca. 22 k.a. and 20 k.a cal BP, human groups responded to LGM environmental conditions by developing a suite of new technologies characterized by a variety of diagnostic projectile points produced by bifacial retouch, which define … Continue reading

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Shouldered Points during the Upper Paleolithic

This is a shouldered point found during the 19th century in the Provence with no contextual information.  Shouldered points during the Upper Paleolithic appeared first in the context of the French Perigordian / Gravettian. They are known from the Périgord … Continue reading

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