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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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Things you saw when crossing Doggerland: Boute Coupe handaxes

  This is a fine bout coupé handaxe, not from Britain, but from the Low Terasse of the Somme near Amiens. Together with another bout coupé handaxe from N-France, shown in my Blog, it indicates specific contacts between the Neanderthals … 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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Mousterian scraper from Saint-Germain-et-Mons

This is an enormeous large (15 cm long) scraper on a thick Levallois flake from the Saint–Germain–et–Mons, a commune in the Dordogne department in Aquitaine in southwestern France near Bergerac. The scraper is made from the typical local flint (Bergeracois … 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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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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Mostly convergent

  This as small part of a “Ferrassie” Ensemble from the Gargano-S. Italy, dating to OIS5-3. Neanderthal populations are known to have used convergent tools and diversified types have been described, such as points and convergent scrapers. The proportions of these … 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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Ferrassie-Ensembles in Europe

These are some typical artifacts from an early 20th century collection from one Mousterian site in the Perigord, which fit the definition of the Ferrassie-Mousterian. Technologically this facies is characterized by a recurrent uni- and bipolar Levallois debitage and typologically … Continue reading

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