Tag Archives: Les Eyzies

The MTA of the Plateaux near the Middle Vézère Valley

The Middle Vézère valley in the Dordogne, south-western France, is a key area of world prehistory, well-known in palaeoanthropology for the high density of Paleolithic sites in caves and Rock shelters, amongst which are eponymous ones such as La Micoque, Le … Continue reading

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Gravettian Jet Pendant at Abri Pataud (Les Eyzies; Dordogne)

 Jet, known also as “gagate”, is a carbon fossil, compact and very light. It is a lustrous black stone which has a hardness of 2.5-4 (quite soft) and a specific gravity of 1.30-1.35. Another name of jet is “black amber”. … Continue reading

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Abri Pataud / Les Eyzies during the Gravettian: Three Rare Artifacts

Compared to the Pavlovien of Middle Europe, denticulated blades are rare during the Gravettian of S/W-France. At Pataud Stratum 4 and 5 they have been described in small numbers (max. 1,5% of all artifacts). In addition their appearance is not as standardized compared to … Continue reading

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The meaning and biographies of collected objects

Two MTA Bifaces from Versigny (http://www.aggsbach.de/2012/03/versigny/) Not only persons, but also objects have biographies, as they are integrated into interactions across time and space and were embedded and later removed from their original context. As objects gather biographies for themselves … Continue reading

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Flechettes of the Gravettian technocomplex

  This is a flechette from the Abri Pataud / Les Eyzies, originally defined at the  the la Gravette site (www.donsmaps.com/)  from the lower “Perigordian” strata of La Gravette , found during the early 20th century. Flechettes are leaf-shaped points characterized by … Continue reading

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