Tag Archives: Paleolithique

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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Handaxe from the “Mousterien Chaud” at Montières and the diversification of the Paleolithic in N-France during MIS 8

This is a heavily patinated pointed and elongated, 19 cm long handaxe from Montières in the Amiens region (Somme Valley, N-France). The Somme Valley is famous for its archaeological sequence, where numerous rich Palaeolithic sites, such as Saint- Acheul, the type site … Continue reading

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Ahrensburgian Point from Pomeranea

This is a late Paleolithic tanged point (5x2x0,3 cm)  from Pomerania / Poland made of Baltic flit stone. Taute (1968) established a typological definition of late glacial tanged points (Stielspitzen) on the basis of size and tang detail, designed in … Continue reading

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A “Hollow Scraper” from the Middle Paleolithic / MSA of Ancient Thebes

Ancient Thebes was home to some of the greatest monuments of the ancient world—built to honor the living, the dead, and the divine. The city, known as Waset to ancient Egyptians and as Luxor today, was the capital of Egypt … Continue reading

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Down with the “MP-UP Transitional Industries” of Europe !

This is a blank for a Châtelperronian point found at Pech de Bourre by D. Peyrony early in the last century. Pech de Bourre is one of the numerous smaller Abris near the tributaries of the Dordogne, excavated to early … Continue reading

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Ferrassie-Ensembles in Europe

These are some typical artifacts from an early 20th century collection from one Mousterian site in the Perigord, which fit the definition of the Ferrassie-Mousterian. Technologically this facies is characterized by a recurrent uni- and bipolar Levallois debitage and typologically … 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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Mutzig and the Middle Paleolithic of the Alsace

  This is one of the very few bifacial artifacts found near a Mousterian site at Mutzig (Bas-Rhin, Alsace; France). The Middle Palaeolithic along the Upper Rhine is very poorly known, although it is relatively well documented in the adjacent … 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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Wādi el ʿAmud

 This file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication This post will show several handaxes from a late Acheulian or Acheulo-Yabroudian context from the Wadi Amud (Wādi el ʿAmud) in N-Israel and two mousterian artifacts … Continue reading

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