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“Oldowan” from the lower Omo valley

This is a chopping tool / core from the lower Omo Valley in Ethiopia made from a quartz pebble  (maximal diameter: 7 cm). All  studies from this location, published so far, point out that the early lithic artifacts, found in … Continue reading

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Trachy-Andesiteis at Melka Kunture (Garba III)

  This is a 10 cmlong unifacial convergent scraper from Gombore II made from Trachy-andesite, a volcanic rock, that was used in smaller quantities at different sites and chronological stages at Melka Kunture (for example at Gombore I, Garba, Melka-Garba). … Continue reading

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Out of Africa-into Asia and out of Asia into Africa again?

These are some “pebble cores” of unknown age of the the “Serre Pluma” site in St Marcel d’Ardèche.  If these selectively collected objects are artifacts or geofacts remains open for discussion. After the discoveries at Olduvai Bed I, many series … 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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The oldest traces of Human Culture in the Rift Valley: The Oldowan

This is an early “Chopper” or Flake-Core from Melka Kunture, an Ethiopian site, well known for its very Early Paleolithic. The earliest at findings at Melka Kunture come from the Oldowan (at the sites Karre and at level B of Gombore … Continue reading

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The “Pebble Culture” near Casablanca

This is a “chopper” from the Carrière Schneider at Maarif Airport near Casablanca, which is situated near the Carrière Deprez, where the term of an older “Pebble Culture” in Morocco was once stablished. This chopper is made from a quartzite … Continue reading

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“Chopping Tool” from Israel

The Oldowan Industrial Complex is characterized by simple core forms, usually made on cobbles or chunks, the resultant debitage (flakes, broken flakes, and other fragments) struck from these cores, and the battered percussors (spheroids) used to produce the flaking blows.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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Artifact from Garba III (Melka Kunture)

This is a patinated flat non-Levallois convergent artifact from Garba III made from obsidian, which is heavily patinated. Melka Kunture is a valley site, which extends for almost 6 km in both Awash River banks, with superimposed terraces whose remains … Continue reading

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How old are African Handaxes?

A ovate Handaxe from the Mauritanian Sahara made of Ignimbrit Normally this blog is not dedicated to “breaking news”, but this paper, published in “Nature” by Lepreet al. is really of interest for the understanding of the beginning of handaxe technology … Continue reading

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