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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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The Variability of Epipaleolithic Tanged Points in the Sahara

Tanged points from the late Pleistocene and early Holocene are common in the Sahara. There is no unified techno-typological approach for these artifacts available.  The spectrum of such implements includes the classic Ounanian point (upper row of Fig.1: the second point- … Continue reading

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The Acheulian of Tihodaine (Tassili n’Ajjer)

  This is a large (22 cm long) handaxe from the Tihodaine site (Tassili n’Ajjer). This is very large compared with average sized handaxes from this site (7,7 cm long), but such “gigantism” has already described elsewhere. The Sahara is … Continue reading

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Micoquian Bifaces

This is a Micoquian Handaxe from the famous El Beyyed-Tazazmout site in northern Mauretania, where it was collected during 1963. Micoquien Handaxes can be symmetric or slightly asymmetric. They have a massive, often only coarsely or unworked base, slightly of … Continue reading

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A Gorge from the “African
 Aqualithic”

    This is a “Neolithic” fish hook from the Mauritanian Sahara. A fish hook is a device for catching fish by impaling them in the mouth. They are normally attached to some form of line or lure device which … Continue reading

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Conformism in prehistoric societies

Some microlithis from the North/West Sahara-traces of a long standing conformism in the production of such artifacts. Prehistoric archaeology is often modeled through the paradigm of the collective. Conformistic collectives adapt to their environment and their decisions are made in … Continue reading

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Murzuq

A small handaxe from the Desert near Murzuq. Murzuq is an oasis in South-Western Libya on the northern edge of the Murzuq Sand Sea (Idhan Murzuq). Murzuq was once an important assembly place for caravans to Lake Niger and Lake … Continue reading

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The Tenerian and the vanshing of a “green Sahara”

  Several Tenerian implements from Mali, found during the early 1960ies at the Margins of the  Ténéré desert. Palaeoecological studies of Late Pleistocene and Holocene deposits in the Central Sahara allowed the reconstruction of the palaeoenvironmental development of the Ténéré desert … Continue reading

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