Tag Archives: Levallois Technique

500 k.a. of human settlement of the Atlantic façade of Iberia

  This is one of the many non dated handaxes made from quartzite, found in the Tagus valley in Portugal.  Although the Lower Paleolithic occupation of the Iberia peninsula is now well documented in several contexts, particularly by the archeological findings of the Sierra … Continue reading

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“Nubian Point” from the Lower Nil Valley

This is a Nubian (Levallois) Point, very different from the European or Levantine Levallois Points (10x6x0,5 cm). Such broad pointed Flakes are the end product of an operational chain, usually starting with the production of Nubian 2-mode cores. Nubian points are part of … Continue reading

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Mont-les-Etrelles: Surface Mousterian ensembles in the Upper Saone region

These are several Mousterian artifacts from a larger surface collection from the  Mont-les-Etrelles, department of Haute Saône near Besancon. Haute-Saône is a French department of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region named after the Saône River. In the center part of the Haute-Saone, … Continue reading

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Microlithic Mousterian / Microlithic Middle Paleolithic

These are tiny and flat Levallois points (Fig 1; max 3 cm long, 11-15 mm thickness) from Israel. They show a “Chapeau de Gendarme” base and are essentially non retouched. One example displayed the “Concorde” characteristics, common in “Tabun B” ensembles. … Continue reading

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What’s the Nubian Levallois-core technology got to do with “out of Africa ” dispersal and Boker Tachtit?

  These are two Nubian Levallois cores from the Nil valley. On the left: a typical Nubian I-core with the characteristic protruding distal ridge, on the right a typical Nubian II core. The geographic extent for the “Nubian Complex” was initially confined to … 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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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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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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Neanderthals in the Upper Loire River Valley

      This is a convergent scraper (7×2,5×0,7 cm) made of local flint with a facetted platform indicating to a Levallois production system reworked by Quina retouches. Such a combination of technological traits is often found in the Mousterian … Continue reading

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