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A Truncated Blade of the Early Upper Paleolithic from Kebara / Israel

This is a broad blade (7×2,7×0,7 cm) with a straight, steeply retouched (around 90◦) edge aligned more or less perpendicularly to the long axis of the tool- a piece with streight truncation from the lower layers (Early Ahmarian) of Kebara cave. … Continue reading

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Synchronisation of Handaxe shapes on a global scale?

This is a “Biface de type micoquien” typologically in transition to a  “Biface lageniforme” according to Bordes` typology,  made by a typical trifacial concept of  façonnage, found during the early 20th century in the important Briqueterie d’Allonne (Oise) in Northern France (http://www.aggsbach.de/2013/06/before-combe-grenal-the-early-scientific-work-of-f-bordes-and-the-allonne-brickyards/). Micoquian Handaxes can be symmetric or slightly … Continue reading

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Mousterian Points in the Levant

Mousterian points are defined as triangular flakes, made by Levallois or non-Levallois chaine operatoire, with extensively retouched lateral edges that are either straight or mildly convex in plain view converging to a sharp distal edge. The dividing line between a … Continue reading

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Tabular Scrapers of the Levant

Tabular scrapers are flat scrapers manufactured on larger flakes, which show intentional retention of the cortex on virtually the entire dorsal surface of the implement. They were manufactured from special large flint nodules with flat cortical surfaces and can be … Continue reading

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Ein Aqef: Upper Paleolithic from the Negev

These are Upper Paleolithic tools from a very small Surface Scatter at Ein Aqef (Negev desert). Until some 30 years ago Upper Paleolithic ensembles in the Levant postdating the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition and predating the Epipaleolithic were related … Continue reading

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Insights into the Natufian

Helwan Lunates and personal adornment of the Natufian Period (Kebara Cave Vicinity) During the spring of 1928 D.A.E. Garrod began the excavation of Shukba cave some 27 km northwest of Jerusalem. The cave opened on the Wadi en-Natuf at 322 … Continue reading

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Aurignacian in the Levant

  According to earlier announcements I display some typical artifacts from the Levantine Aurignacian: a nosed and  a  carinated scraper on thick flake, a classic Aurignacian blade with lateral retouches and a rounded scraper front and two twisted bladelets from … Continue reading

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