Tag Archives: Neanderthal

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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Transport of raw materials during the Middle Paleolithic

This is a 5 cm long  Handaxe from Fontmaure ( Vienne; France). The large and intensively occupied site was located directly on exposure of high quality jasper (secondary colored Upper Cretaceous flint; color oscillating from red to yellow, often multicolored). … Continue reading

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Sede Boker: Against the “behavioral modernity-paradigm”

A simple scraper and a borer-like biface . Two isolated findings from the Negev at Sede Boker. Were these artifacts produced by modern  or archaic humans? This seems to be a strange question, because both tools are within the range … Continue reading

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