Tag Archives: Mousterian

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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A Quina Scraper with thinned back from Soyons

This is a nice, 9 cm long Quina-scraper with thinned back from Soyons (Ardèche, France; exact find spot unknown). This artifact is characteristic for the Rhodanian / Quina oriental, dating to MIS4. This facies is found in the Rhone valley, … Continue reading

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Quina Mousterian in Central France and the Collections of François Reignoux

This are four Quina scrapers (two transversal,one bifacial and one convergent) from the Grand Pressigny area found around 1900, very similar to the Quina- Mousterian found by François Reignoux during the late 19th century / early 20th century (Collection Reignoux ). … Continue reading

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Quartzite Handaxe from La Gravette, Grenade, Haute-Garonne

This unifacial Quartzite Handaxe comes from the Haute-Garonne, North of Toulouse. It was Jean-Baptiste Noulet (1802 – 1890), a French scientist and naturalist, who first described the Paleolithic implements of the Garonne and its tributaries. In 1851, at Clermont-le-Fort, he … Continue reading

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The Ordinary and the Special: Triangular Handaxes / Bifaces

  Figure 1 shows a rare 12 cm long (sub) triangular handaxe from the Dordogne in S/W-France. There are almost no signs of use or resharpening on this artifact. Such bifaces do not belong to the  sphere of the common … Continue reading

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The Pontinian: pebble-derived late Middle Paleolithic at the central-western Italian coast

This are centripedal cores, micro chopping-tools and scapers made from cortical flakes from the Pontinian in the Monte Circeo area at the central-western Italian coast The “Pontinian” Mousterian, is a regionally bounded “facies” of the Middle Paleolithic occurring only on the … 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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Deconstruction of the MTA-B

This is a backed Mousterian “knife” from the North European plain, certainly not connected with a hypothetical MTA-B. This finding was associated with non-Levalloisian Middle Paleolithic tools as shown in Figure 2. Two variants have been distinguished within the MTA. … 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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