Tag Archives: Quartzite

Human Migration and Pleistocene African Humid Periods

These are  some MSA lithics from a larger surface scatter the Saharan Zone in Mauritania. The material is characterized by a Levallois and Laminar approach About 50% of the tools are tanged while the other artifacts have  a more general MSA- … Continue reading

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Quartzite Handaxe from La Gravette, Grenade, Haute-Garonne

This unifacial Quartzite Handaxe comes from the Haute-Garonne, North of Toulouse. It was Jean-Baptiste Noulet (1802 – 1890), a French scientist and naturalist, who first described the Paleolithic implements of the Garonne and its tributaries. In 1851, at Clermont-le-Fort, he … 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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Middle Paleolithic from Scheden; Lower Saxony

This is a small (6 cm long) Handaxe from a field at Scheden (Southern Lower Saxony, near Dransfeld). In southern lower Saxony, between Kassel and Göttingen, there are numerous outcrops of middle and fine-grained Oligocene / Miocene quartzites on the Dransfeld … Continue reading

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Paleolithic Core or Pebble-Tool from Kassel

This Quartzite tool was part of a surface scatter of artifacts (5x5m) on a field together with crude (non-Levallois) large flakes and some simple side-scrapers near Kassel. This polyhedron may be a heavy duty tool from the Lower Paleolithic and/or … Continue reading

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Quartzite in Prehistory

These are two Quartzite leaf points from Maroc (timeframe: MSA or Neolithic). Quartzite is a metamorphic rock composed primarily of quartz and may include significant amounts of other minerals. The parent rock for quartzite is quartz-rich sandstone. As sandstone becomes … Continue reading

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Bifacial Tools from the Bois Du Rocher Site

Some small artifacts (the largest is 5 cm long) from the Bois-du-Rocher site (Armorican Massif, Saint-Hélen, Côtes d’Armor). The very large (5 hectars) open air site at the Rance valley  was allready known during the 19th century. Mortillet wrote: « C’est ainsi … Continue reading

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