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A classic Keilmesser / Prądnik from Neuburg /Donau

This is a classic “initial” Ciemna/Pradnik backed bifacial knife, (Keilmesser). It was found as a stray find, decennia ago, at Neuburg at the Donau (Bavaria) in the heartland of the Central European Micoquian technocomplex. It was made from Kreidequarzit, known as raw … Continue reading

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The Middle European Micoquian of the Franconian Jura

In the Late Jurassic, Southern Germany was part of the north-western Tethyan shelf. In outcrop, the marine epicontinental sediments are forming the Swabian and the Franconian Alb (upland) and their forelands. The Upper Jurassic of Southern Germany is a classical … Continue reading

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The Middle Paleolithic of the North German Plain

  Nearly the entire North German Plain lies less 100m above sea level. The lowland is drained by the north-flowing Rhine, Ems, Weser, Elbe, and Oder rivers; nowadays a network of shipping canals and inland waterways connect the rivers from … Continue reading

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Handaxe from Oudry and the Rhône/Saône axis during the Paleolithic

The first picture shows a handaxe found at Oudry (Saône-et-Loire) during the 19th century ,most probably from the MTA. People living in the 21th century have enormous difficulties to imagine river landscapes not modified by men. In general, glacial rivers were perhaps … Continue reading

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Small is beautiful: Cordiform Handaxe from Petit Spiennes

This is a small (8 cm long) heavily patinated cordiform Handaxe from the Petit Spiennes Area. It belongs almost certainly to the regional Moustérien de tradition Acheuléen. For the general public the Mons area (Belgium, Province of Hainaut, Wallonia Region) is famous … Continue reading

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The Rehabilitation of the Micoquian (sensu Bordes) in Northern France

This is a Micoquian handaxe sensu Breuil and Bordes. It was found in the old brickyards at Allonne (Oise). Discoveries of symmetrical Micoquian bifaces have been particularly numerous in loess quarries of Paris Basin since the end of the 19th century , … Continue reading

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A “Point de Verrières” found near Briennon

This is a Middle Paleolithic  “Point de Verrières” found  in the Roannaise near the river Loire, a single stray find 370 km south of the eponymous Verrières-le-Buisson Paleolithic site. Fig.2 shows “common” Middle Paleolithic points from N and S/W-France to clarify the difference … Continue reading

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The Prądnik (KMG) complex in Central Germany revisited

  Fig. 1 shows some implements of the Middle European Micoquian ( two bifacial scrapers and one flatt small biface / Faustkeilblatt), found during the 1950ies at Kleinheppach in S/W-Germany. Fig. 2 shows some Leaf-shaped artifacts from the same site. … Continue reading

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Yes-There are traditions and “culture” in Neanderthals-Victoria!

The open- air site of Champlost “Le Dessous de Bailly” is located in the Yonne department of Burgundy. The site is situated in a valley, on the bank of the Créanton- Brumance river and dated by TL to late MIS4/early MIS 3. … Continue reading

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Tools from the Middle Europe Micoquian: Grochakis

These are two Grochakis from a Micoquian open air scatter at Möttingen near Nördlingen (Baden Würtenberg; Germany). Grochakis are a characteristic element of the Middle European Keilmessergruppen (KMG; Middle European Micoquian). They were first noted in the Prodnik ensembles near Krakow by … Continue reading

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