Tag Archives: Homo Sapiens

MSA Omo Kibish Foliates: The art of Thinning

Figure 1,2,3: These are MSA Implements, found during a geological survey in the 1940ies in the Omo Valley / S-Ethiopia. The artifacts are made from an opaque Chert and display a  very characteristic Orange Brown Earthen Patina, known from other surface and excavated … Continue reading

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Everything is broken – Who made the African MSA ?

The artifacts shown in this post come from the North African MSA and are undated. They may be 300 – 30 k.a. old. There are only a few stratified early MSA sites in the Maghreb, that give some insights about … Continue reading

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Let Us Now Praise Unknown Men and Women…….

Figure 1 shows a Middle Paleolithic / MSA point from Melka Kunture / Etiopia, which is at least 120 k.a. old. In the archaeological record of both Eastern and Southern Africa as well as in the Middle East there is immense … Continue reading

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Dilemma: A problem that seems to defy a satisfactory solution

  Dilemma of Photographs: One can never fully comprehend a stone tool, if you know it only from pictures. Only the tactile experience of the three-dimensional artifacts will give you a feeling for the potential use of the tool. You can … Continue reading

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A thick retouched Aurignacian blade from Meyrals / Périgord Noir

This is a thick  (12×4,5×2,5 cm)  bilaterally  retouched Aurignacian blade with “endscraper” characteristics on the distal end. It is made from typical Dordogne chert and was found near Meyrals  in the Périgord Noir, just a few kilometers away from Eyzies, the Vézère … Continue reading

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Dead End Street: The Levallois-Mousterian of the Carmel region

These are some artifacts from the “Mousterian” layers of Kebara. The Middle Paleolithic findings of this site are the only “Tabun-B Ensembles” in Israel, that has been excavated with modern methods. These ensembles therfore can be considered as the reference stratigraphy for … Continue reading

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Symbolic Thinking

This is a symbol painted on a tree near the Willendorf site. Shurely an evidence of “Modern Symbolic Thinking” A symbol means something, whose meaning is determined by arbitrary relationship. This relationship is a socially construction, a convention which implied … Continue reading

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To Be or not to Be Aterian

Middle Paleolithic (Middle Stone Age) Ensembles of Northern Africa have been found over a vast area, reaching from the Mediterranean to the Southern Margins of the Sahara, and from the Maghreb to the Nile Valley. Nowadays there is a broad … Continue reading

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Acheulo-Yabroudian Handaxe

This is a single Handaxe, found in the 1950ies near Safed/Israel. Its shape is very similar to handaxes found within the Acheulo-Yabroudian (for example at Tabun ). This technocomplex contains three major lithic facies, mainly defined by the findings at … Continue reading

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Lupemban bifacial tool

  This is a quartzite Lupemban bifacial tool (24 cm long), found in the Southern Niger region. The Lupemban is an early MSA industry in Central Africa and on the fringes of the Congo basin first described by Breuil more … Continue reading

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