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(Pre)-Neanderthal Technology: What remained and what was lost in the Record

Fig. 1 shows convergent elongated “points” or scrapers from Le Moustier and Fig. 2 large scrapers from different French sites coming from a 19th century collection. Some years ago these artifacts would have been an anchor-point in the suggestion that … Continue reading

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Crimean Middle Paleolithic Crescent Point

  This is a crescent 5,5 cm long Middle Paleolithic Point (Fig 1: ventral, Fig 2: dorsal) with a left sided continuous  retouche on the ventral side and bilateral flat retouches on the dorsal side, creating a delicate pointed end. … Continue reading

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Acculturation, What Acculturation?-An Eurocentric view

  This is an MTA Handaxe from Lembras / Bergeracois in the  Perigord;  a Chatelperron Point from Les Cottes / Vienne and three implements from the Aurignacian (La Rochette / Vezere near Le Moustier). The master narrative tells us that … 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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Sinker Stones during Prehistory

Early modern humans and Neanderthals shared  similar  marine exploitation patterns, first attested during MIS6 by shellfish gathering (Bajondillo Cave in Torremolinos, Spain, 150 k.a.; Pinnacle Point, South Africa, 164 k.a.). While fishing would have played an integral part within the lives of prehistoric coastal … Continue reading

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Mobility during the Middle Palaeolithic in Europe

This is a elongated Lydite scraper with scalar retouches from the Middle Palaeolithic Lenderscheid site near Kassel, where Neanderthals used an outcrop of fine-grained tertiary quartzite as raw material supply for the production of their artifacts. Numerous  quartzite cores were left at … Continue reading

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Manot Man: Modern Humans and Neanderthals in Israel

  This is a 7 cm long Levallois Point from a site in Northern Israel, made by Neanderthals or AHMs. Around 90-100 k.a. (OIS5) there is first evidence in the Levant for modern humans leaving Africa, where the caves of … Continue reading

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Bout-coupé Handaxes and Neanderthals in N/W-France and Britain

Britain during MIS3 was well-stocked but treeless grassland, with short, cool summers and long, cold winters marked by blasting winds, frozen ground and persistent snow. This is what Neanderthals apparently faced as they headed northwest from their more southerly glacial … Continue reading

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Dilemma: A problem that seems to defy a satisfactory solution

  Dilemma of Photographs: One can never fully comprehend a stone tool, if you know it only from pictures. Only the tactile experience of the three-dimensional artifacts will give you a feeling for the potential use of the tool. You can … Continue reading

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Sophisticated Neanderthals

This is a symmetric and well executed elongated cordiform biface (133 x 73 mm), produced by the use of hard and soft hammer technique, from the Saint-Même-les-Carrières site (http://www.aggsbach.de/2012/03/saint-meme-les-carrieres-300000-years-ago/). Expert performance via long-term working memory is the centerpiece of problem … Continue reading

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