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Let Us Now Praise Unknown Men and Women…….

Figure 1 shows a Middle Paleolithic / MSA point from Melka Kunture / Etiopia, which is at least 120 k.a. old. In the archaeological record of both Eastern and Southern Africa as well as in the Middle East there is immense … Continue reading

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Yarmukian Sickles

  The Yarmukian culture (6,4-5,8 k.a. BC) was first distinguished in the late 1940s by M. Stekelis, at the site of Sha’ar Hagolan in the central Jordan Valley. Yarmukian Sickles together with distinct subtypes of  Byblos- and Amuq- and the appearance of  small Haparsa- … Continue reading

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Bergerac chert / flint during the Upper Paleolithic

These are some Upper Paleolithic surface findings from the Bergerac vicinity-all made of  Bergerac chert.  (1: Double Scraper,  2: Projectile Point , 3: Scraper-Burin, 4: Burin with basal notch; 5: Endscraper [2: Limeul / Magdalenian; other items: Le Porget, Corbiac /from Aurignacian to … Continue reading

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Reindeer phalanges from the Gravettian at Abri Pataud / Dordogne

  The reindeer / caribou (Rangifer tarandus) is a species of deer native to Arctic, Subarctic, and tundra, boreal and mountainous regions. During the cold phases of the Pleistocene, Rangifer tarandus in Europe migrated south, as far as to the … Continue reading

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Falling out of Time: “Anachronistic Tools”

This is a flat and still sharp Handaxe (10 cm long), made of local flint and found in intact early Gravettian deposits at the Abri Pataud during the early 20th century together with “Perigordian IV / V “ Upper Paleolithic … Continue reading

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Body Modifications- Neolithic Style

  Prehistoric nose-, lip-, and ear-plugs are made out of Quartzite and more often of semi-precious stones. They first appeared during the early Neolithic in the Near East, Greece and the Balkans, and  over large areas of N-Africa including the … Continue reading

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Tan Tan

These are some Chopper / Cores from Quaternary Deposits at Tan Tan in Southern Morocco. Tan Tan is famous for a geofact / artifact, called the Venus of Tan Tan (http://www.donsmaps.com/tantanvenus.html), which will not discussed here. The stratigraphy of this … Continue reading

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Neolithic Axe sleve from the Palafittes of Lake Neuchatel

In Switzerland, many village sites from the Neolithic and, to a lesser extent, the Bronze Age became known around larger lakes such as Bienne, Constance, Neuchâtel, Zug and Zürich. There were also lake dwellings built around smaller lakes and in … Continue reading

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Stories around Combe Capelle

These are Upper Paleolithic tools from Roc de Combe Capelle collected by D. Peyrony early in the 20th century. Unfortunately they can not be assigned to a certain technocomlex. Combe-Capelle is an important Prehistoric site situated in the Couze valley … Continue reading

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Battle Axe from the Corded Ware Culture of Middle Europe and the genetic Background of Neolithic cultural Change

A very large facetted axe ( 23 cm long) from a Single Grave / Corded ware context of Central Germany-clearly an powerful symbol of group identity. Recently, Guido Brandt and his colleagues researched ancient mitochondrial DNA of 364 individuals from nine different … Continue reading

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