Tag Archives: Quina

A Quina Scraper with thinned back from Soyons

This is a nice, 9 cm long Quina-scraper with thinned back from Soyons (Ardèche, France; exact find spot unknown). This artifact is characteristic for the Rhodanian / Quina oriental, dating to MIS4. This facies is found in the Rhone valley, … Continue reading

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Quina Mousterian in Central France and the Collections of François Reignoux

This are four Quina scrapers (two transversal,one bifacial and one convergent) from the Grand Pressigny area found around 1900, very similar to the Quina- Mousterian found by François Reignoux during the late 19th century / early 20th century (Collection Reignoux ). … Continue reading

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The forgotten Paleolithic heritage of Tunisia (II)

Numerous surface scatters around Gafsa were sampled (mainly by amateurs) through the last 100 years.  Here they found a small sized Acheulian or MSA with small Bifaces made from Flint (as shown in an earlier post: see below). Eurocentric French … Continue reading

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Hand-held or Hafted?

  This is a bifacial cortical „scraper” from the MSA of Upper Egypt, made from a flat chert pebble most probably made for a hand-held use. Bifacial Tools act as blanks for different kinds of working. The tool thus acts as a … 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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N’est-ce pas un “Pointe de Quinson”

but rather a rare cordiform, 5 cm long scraper with scalar retouche on a dihedral thick flake from a Quina ensemble from the Carrière Chaumette in the Rhone Valley (http://www.aggsbach.de/2010/12/quina-scrapers-from-the-carriere-chaumette/). It is not a Quinson point sensu strictu, because it … Continue reading

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A Handaxe from the Provence: The long way to the Middle Paleolithic in Southern France

  This artifact (8,5×6,5×2,5 cm) comes from a surface scatter near Gordes, a typical old town in the Luberon. It can be described either as a “Pebble Tool” or a partial Biface and is made from a smaller cobble of … Continue reading

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Spotlight on the Iberian Mousterian

This is a convergent and small ( 3,5 cm long) scraper from the Jarama VI site in Central Spain and the first Iberian Middle Paleolithic lithic artefact displayed within the blog. Unfortunately, the wealth of Middle Paleolithic sites in Iberia … Continue reading

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Neanderthals in the Upper Loire River Valley

      This is a convergent scraper (7×2,5×0,7 cm) made of local flint with a facetted platform indicating to a Levallois production system reworked by Quina retouches. Such a combination of technological traits is often found in the Mousterian … Continue reading

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Levallois- Mousterian in S-Italy

  On the left this picture shows two Quina scrapers from the Gargano and from Venosa (Basilicata). While the Gargano has been introduced during earlier posts (http://www.aggsbach.de/2013/08/gragano-homo-heidelbergensis-was-here/) – the Basilicata also known as Lucania is a region in the south of … Continue reading

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