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The Middle Paleolithic of the North German Plain

Nearly the entire North German Plain lies less 100m above sea level. The lowland is drained by the north-flowing Rhine, Ems, Weser, Elbe, and Oder rivers; nowadays a network of shipping canals and inland waterways connect the rivers from east … Continue reading

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Handaxe from Oudry and the Rhône/Saône axis during the Paleolithic

The first picture shows a handaxe found at Oudry (Saône-et-Loire) during the 19th century ,most probably from the MTA. People living in the 21th century have enormous difficulties to imagine river landscapes not modified by men. In general, glacial rivers were perhaps … Continue reading

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The Rehabilitation of the Micoquian (sensu Bordes) in Northern France

This is a Micoquian handaxe sensu Breuil and Bordes. It was found in the old brickyards at Allonne (Oise). Discoveries of symmetrical Micoquian bifaces have been particularly numerous in loess quarries of Paris Basin since the end of the 19th century , … Continue reading

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A “Point de Verrières” found near Briennon

This is a Middle Paleolithic  “Point de Verrières” found  in the Roannaise near the river Loire, a single stray find 370 km south of the eponymous Verrières-le-Buisson Paleolithic site. Fig.2 shows “common” Middle Paleolithic points from N and S/W-France to clarify the difference … Continue reading

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The Prądnik (KMG) complex in Central Germany revisited

  Fig. 1 shows some implements of the Middle European Micoquian ( two bifacial scrapers and one flatt small biface / Faustkeilblatt), found during the 1950ies at Kleinheppach in S/W-Germany. Fig. 2 shows some Leaf-shaped artifacts from the same site. … Continue reading

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Yes-There are traditions and “culture” in Neanderthals-Victoria!

The open- air site of Champlost “Le Dessous de Bailly” is located in the Yonne department of Burgundy. The site is situated in a valley, on the bank of the Créanton- Brumance river and dated by TL to late MIS4/early MIS 3. … Continue reading

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Kervouster: a large Mousterian Site in the Bretagne

  These are three typical bifaces from the Mousterian site at Kervouster (maximal length: 4,5 cm). There are two main stations in Brittany, assigned to an “MTA” made of fine grained Quartzite.  Since their discovery during the 19th century they … Continue reading

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Handaxe from Le Bois-l’Abbé at Saint-Julien de la Liègue: Is the “Moustérien à petits bifaces dominants” an Archaeological Reality?

This is a small Handaxe (Fig.1; 6,5 x  5,2 x 1,5 cm) from Le Bois-l’Abbé at Saint-Julien de la Liègue a commune in the Eure department in Haute-Normandie in northern France. Four find spots of Paleolithic artifacts are known from … Continue reading

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Tools from the Middle Europe Micoquian: Grochakis

These are two Grochakis from a Micoquian open air scatter at Möttingen near Nördlingen (Baden Würtenberg; Germany). Grochakis are a characteristic element of the Middle European Keilmessergruppen (KMG; Middle European Micoquian). They were first noted in the Prodnik ensembles near Krakow by … Continue reading

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The Middle Paleolithic of Northern Hessen

This is a slightly asymmetric Micoquian “Faustkeilblatt” (7 cm long) with a br0ken tip, made of quartzite from a field near the classic Middle Paleolithic site of Lenderscheid near Kassel / Germany, found in 1982. Keilmesser (backed bifacial tools) together with … Continue reading

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