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Notched Points during the late Paleolithic and Mesolithic of Europe

This is a notched bone point (16 cm long) of unknown age. The base is  flattened, thus indicating that it was produced for permanent hafting. Points with a row of fine oblique teeth. (Kunda type point) first appeared during the Middle … Continue reading

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Obsidian tools of Pastoral Neolithic groups from the Lake Naivasha basin (Kenya)

  Saharan herders and hunters spread southward to the Sahel, reaching eastern Africa by 4.5 k.a. cal BP. The earliest pastoralists entered southern Kenya through the Great Rift Valley by 3,2 k.a. cal BP, having migrated southward from the Lake Turkana region where they had … Continue reading

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Some late Magdalenian Projectile Points in S/W France

  These are three late Magdalenian projectile points from S/W-France. The first one is a  5,7 cm long “Point de Teyjat”  found near Sarlat at the Pech de Bourre site and the other two are shouldered points from the Abri … Continue reading

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A short Journey through Pressure Flaking

  Façonnage is a knapping operation finalized to obtain only one stone tool by shaping a raw material block or the product (flake, blade, bladelet) of an earlier operational sequence according the wanted shape. Pressure flaking on artifacts was invented several times … Continue reading

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“Thieves of time”- a short story about Paleolithic Fakes and Fogeries: A questionable Chatelperronian knife

This artifact was sold during an internet auction about 10 years ago as an authentic “Chatelperronian Point” from the type site. The anthropologist Kenneth Tankersley in his readable book about Ice age Americans once called forgers: “Thieves of time”— –And … Continue reading

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The Châtelperronian: a fully developed Leptholithic Industry

http://www.aggsbach.de/2015/05/down-with-the-mp-up-transitional-industries-of-europe/The common paradigm: “The Châtelperronian industry (Châtelperronian or Castelperronien in French) is considered to be the very last behavioral testimony of Neanderthals in France and northern Spain. For a few millennia, Neanderthals switched to systematic blade production, focused on stone … Continue reading

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Federmesser-Ensembles in Westphalia during the Allerød interstadial

This is a 42 mm long projectile point from a “Federmesser” scatter in Westpahlia. While the Rhine valley Federmesser encampments are well known in the international literature, less has been published about the sites in Westphalia North Rhine-Westphalia encompasses the plains … Continue reading

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The different Faces of the “Alpine Paleolithic” in Austria and Slovenia

This is a non-Levallois quartzite Middle Paleolithic artifact, found near the entrance of the Lurgrotte in Styria in 2002. The Grazer Bergland in Styria / Austria is a karstic region, well-known for caves with important archaeological and paleontological findings. Archaeological … 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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The Early Upper Paleolithic in the Nil Valley

Two bipolar Upper Paleolithic blade cores (up to 13 cm long) from the Nil valley. The upper and middle Nil valley, the western desert and the oases were once populated by humans during OIS 5. During OIS4 there are no … Continue reading

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