Tag Archives: Micoquien

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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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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Micoquian Bifaces

This is a Micoquian Handaxe from the famous El Beyyed-Tazazmout site in northern Mauretania, where it was collected during 1963. Micoquien Handaxes can be symmetric or slightly asymmetric. They have a massive, often only coarsely or unworked base, slightly of … 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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Keilmesser

The Middle European Micoquian was conceptualized by L Zotz in the early 1950ies and this concept was later used by G. Bosinski. The term Micoquian is now mainly used for specific Middle Paleolithic assemblages in central Europe.  In contrast to … Continue reading

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Asymmetric Bifaces

  An asymmetric bifacial implement from Northern France, found in the 1970ies together with some bifacial scrapers, probably related to some kind of “Keilmesser” inventory. In General, Handaxes before OIS 8 in Central and West Europe follow a symmetrical concept. … Continue reading

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Leaf Points from the Middle and Early Upper European Paleolithic

This is a fragment of a Paleolithic leaf point found at the Goldberg, near Nördlingen, Germany. This post summarizes the archaeological evidence from Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and adjacent regions, especially with regard to so called “leaf point complex”. … Continue reading

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“Retouche écailleuse scalariforme”

      The number of technical solutions in the creation of a long retouched edge on a thick flake or blade is limited. One solution, used at different times during prehistory, is the Quina retouch (scalariform retouch) on thick … Continue reading

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