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Levallois- Mousterian near Geulah Cave (Mt. Carmel; Israel)

These are three Tabun-B surface findings from the Mt. Carmel, found during the 1950ies near Geula(h) cave. Geula Cave is situated on the eastern slope of Mount Carmel , 205 m above sealevel. It is 2.5 km  south oft he … Continue reading

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The forgotten Paleolithic heritage of Tunisia (II)

Numerous surface scatters around Gafsa were sampled (mainly by amateurs) through the last 100 years.  Here they found a small sized Acheulian or MSA with small Bifaces made from Flint (as shown in an earlier post: see below). Eurocentric French … Continue reading

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Mousterian scraper from Saint-Germain-et-Mons

This is an enormeous large (15 cm long) scraper on a thick Levallois flake from the Saint–Germain–et–Mons, a commune in the Dordogne department in Aquitaine in southwestern France near Bergerac. The scraper is made from the typical local flint (Bergeracois … Continue reading

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Mostly convergent

  This as small part of a “Ferrassie” Ensemble from the Gargano-S. Italy, dating to OIS5-3. Neanderthal populations are known to have used convergent tools and diversified types have been described, such as points and convergent scrapers. The proportions of these … 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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Burin-blow like tip fractures

This is a Burin-blow like tip fracture on a retouched Levallois-point from the Levant. Macro-traces on possible Paleolithic projectile points, that are usually interpreted as indicating penetrative weapon use (“diagnostic impact fractures” [DIF] sensu Lombard) are diagnosed if the damage could … Continue reading

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The forgotten Paleolithic heritage of Tunisia

  This post displays several chert MSA tools from different surface scatters from the Gafsa area (Literary Arabic: قفصة Qafṣah ; Tunisian Arabic: ‎ [ˈqɑfsˤɑ] Qafṣa , southern accent: [ˈɡɑfsˤɑ] Gafṣa ), originally called Capsa in Latin, which is the capital of Gafsa Governorate … 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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Manot Man: Modern Humans and Neanderthals in Israel

  This is a 7 cm long Levallois Point from a site in Northern Israel, made by Neanderthals or AHMs. Around 90-100 k.a. (OIS5) there is first evidence in the Levant for modern humans leaving Africa, where the caves of … Continue reading

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Wādi el ʿAmud

 This file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication This post will show several handaxes from a late Acheulian or Acheulo-Yabroudian context from the Wadi Amud (Wādi el ʿAmud) in N-Israel and two mousterian artifacts … Continue reading

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