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A Swedish Battle Axe

  This is a typical Swedish battle axes of the Middle Neolithic B, also called boat axes because of their shape. The axe, shown here is a type B battle axe, an early  version of the type A Corded Ware … Continue reading

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Battle Axes and the Corded Ware-culture

This is a rther amall, 12 cm long,  faceted battle-axe from S-Germany coming from a 19th century collection.  Since the early Neolithic period when stone axes were first introduced, they were used as tools or weapons. However, subsequently they were also used … Continue reading

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Abensberg-Arnhofen Flint (Plattensilex)

    The German name Plattensilex is a commonly accepted term for the Upper Jurassic tabular chert from the Fränkische Alb Hilly land in the Regensburg/Kelheim region, Bavaria. The name refers to the tabular appearance of rocky chunks. For this … Continue reading

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Hammerstones and Percuteurs

This artifact (Diameter 66 x 56 mm, Height 60 mm, Mass 368 g)  was found during quarry operations during the 1940ies at Tournedos sur Seine (Eure; Haut Normandy) , at  “La Couture” , near the port. It is a small Hammerstone made from … Continue reading

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Corded Ware Axe from S-Germany

This is a faceted battle-axe from S-Germany, with unusual decorations of unknown significance.  The German Corded Ware culture is known mainly from flat, single-burial graves, where the body was placed in the classical Corded Ware position: on an east-west axis … Continue reading

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Before Boucher de Perthes: Casimir Picard at the Somme

  The Somme is a river in Picardy, northern France. The name Somme comes from a Celtic word meaning “tranquility”.  The river is 245 km long, from its source in the high ground of the former Forest of Arrouaise at … Continue reading

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Grand-Pressigny blades: Daggers, Scrapers, Lighters, Harvesting tools

This is a 23 cm long dagger from the late Neolithic of Abbily, found during the early 20th century by a lokal teacher. The Grand-Pressigny (France, Indre-et-Loire) area, located south west of the Parisian Basin, holds the largest collection of … Continue reading

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Serrated tool from the Fontmaure site

    Serrated blades and bladelets first appeared during the Pavlovian and to a lesser exted during the Gravettian of France. Lartet in the 1860ies already noted that the tiny “Magdalenian saws” may have been used for the production of … Continue reading

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A “Flèche de Montclus”

This is a trapezoid with unilateral facial retouch (1,6 cm long), a surface find from the Languedoc, known as “Flèche de Montclus”, named after the Montclus rockshelter, 20 km NW of Bagnols-sur-Ceze, Gard. Excavated mainly during the 1950ies, this abri … Continue reading

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Neolithic / Chalcolithic Jade artifact from Varna

see This is a Neolithic / Chalcolithic artifact from Varna, made of polished Jadeite, measuring 7×3,5×0,5cm. Some chips can be observed on the faceted ends. One surface of the artifact has not been finally polished and the intended use and final shape … Continue reading

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