Tag Archives: Lower Paleolithic

What do we know about the Acheulian in the Bourgogne?

  These are two handaxes and a large Levallois flake from the Pays d’Othe. The Pays d’Othe area is bordered on the west by the Yonne valley, on the north by the Vanne valley, and east by the city of … Continue reading

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The European World during MIS 11-9.

This is a 18 cm large elongated Biface, a Limande, from the Yonne (surface finding, probably from MIS9).  In the Yonne River valley (North Burgundy), handaxes were reported from the sand and gravels of the Soucy Formation, dated to MIS 10 … Continue reading

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A Cleaver from Ouarzazate

This is a bifacial cleaver found in Ouarzazate  The small town of Ouarzazate, nicknamed: The door of the desert, is a city and capital of Ouarzazate Province in the Souss-Massa-Drâa of southern-central Morocco. To the south of the town is the … Continue reading

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Late Acheulian Handaxe from Central France

This elongated handaxe (15 cm long) comes from an old collection of surface findings from the Middle Loire valley. It was found together with other bifaces and cores-some with a clear Levallois appearance. The handaxe has been produced from a … Continue reading

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Hammerstones and Percuteurs

This artifact (Diameter 66 x 56 mm, Height 60 mm, Mass 368 g)  was found during quarry operations during the 1940ies at Tournedos sur Seine (Eure; Haut Normandy) , at  “La Couture” , near the port. It is a small Hammerstone made from … Continue reading

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The Badegoulian: Ugly Technocomplex- or Sophisticated Adaption?

  The research history regarding the Badegoulian technocomplex began 1939 with the publication of Cheynier (1939) on a certain “Proto-Magdalenian” of the Badegoule site (not to be confused to the late Gravettian at Pataud, Laugerie and Le Blot!). The name … Continue reading

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The Acheulian of Tihodaine (Tassili n’Ajjer)

  This is a large (22 cm long) handaxe from the Tihodaine site (Tassili n’Ajjer). This is very large compared with average sized handaxes from this site (7,7 cm long), but such “gigantism” has already described elsewhere. The Sahara is … Continue reading

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A Handaxe made of Ignimbrite

  Early humans were inventive when appling their techniques to new materials. This handaxe from an Acheulian scatter was produced from ignimbrite. Ignimbrite is a pumice-dominated pyroclastic flow deposit formed from the cooling of pyroclastic material ejected from an explosive volcanic … Continue reading

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Cleaver from Mazières/ Creuse

This is a 20 cm long cleaver from Mazières/ Creuse Valley in Central France. The Europe distribution of cleavers coincides only partly with that of Acheulian Handaxes during the  Acheulian. They are most abundant in regions in which the raw … Continue reading

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Handaxe from the Bergerac region

The Bergerac region is full of archaeological sites, mainly known from old surface collections (http://www.aggsbach.de/2011/02/the-prehistory-of-the-bergerac-region-in-the-dordogne/). This flat handaxe with multiple traces of resharpening and thinning  has been found during the 1910ies near Bergerac and is heavily patinated. With the advent … Continue reading

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