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Who built Thebes of the seven gates?– Simple Predynastic lithic industies from Upper Egypt–

These are serrated artifacts (most probably sickles) from the famous Neolithic site of Naqada, Egypt (Ex old Belgian ollection of Maurice Exsteens; 1930’s). They belong to the Naqada II period, well known for the highest flint workmanship in Prehistory- the … Continue reading

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Grand-Pressigny blades: Daggers, Scrapers, Lighters, Harvesting tools

This is a 23 cm long dagger from the late Neolithic of Abbily, found during the early 20th century by a lokal teacher. The Grand-Pressigny (France, Indre-et-Loire) area, located south west of the Parisian Basin, holds the largest collection of … Continue reading

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Yarmukian Sickles

  The Yarmukian culture (6,4-5,8 k.a. BC) was first distinguished in the late 1940s by M. Stekelis, at the site of Sha’ar Hagolan in the central Jordan Valley. Yarmukian Sickles together with distinct subtypes of  Byblos- and Amuq- and the appearance of  small Haparsa- … Continue reading

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Serrated Stone Artifacts

These items are a Late Paleo Dalton Point and serrated Dove Tail Point (Early Archaic) from Kentucky Serrated stone tools have some advantages compared to non-serrated ones: If used as an arrowhead, serrated projectiles are supposed to cause increased hemorrhage … Continue reading

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Just for your pleasure: Neolithic Sickles from Scandinavia

In 1973, Ebbe Lomborg published ‘Die Flintdolche Dänemarks, which is still a major source of Late Neolithic Culture in Denmark. Here he classified and chronologically orders the Late Neolithic hallmark, the pressure-flaked flint dagger, into types and subtypes, hence continuing … Continue reading

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Neolithic Sickles from the Mortillet Collection

These are two broken sickles from the Scandinavian Neolithic / early Bronze Age from the collection of Adrien de Mortillet. Adrien de Mortillet was born 1853 in Geneva, during the political exile of his better known father, Gabriel de Mortillet … Continue reading

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Large Geometric Sickle Segment from Israel

This is a large geometric sickle segments with gloss and heavy serration from the early Middle Bronze Age of Israel, dated to the beginning of the 2th Millennium BC. As already shown in an earlier post such sickles are characterized … Continue reading

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Neolithic Sickle

  This is a superb crescent-shaped finely serrated and thin bladed bifacial Danish Neolithic flint sickle dating to the later 3rd. millennium B.C. The final Debitage of such tools is virtually indistinguishable from the late-stage reduction of contemporary daggers. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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The late Neolithic in Eastern Europe

Large sickles and Dagger-like thin artifacts, often made of delicate black flint and made with an advanced pressure flaking technique, are the characteristic for the late Neolithic/early Bonze Age in the East European Plain. This specimens come from the Crimea (near … Continue reading

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Yarmukian Sickles from Megiddo

Flint sickles from Megiddo (Early pottery Neolithic resp. Yarmukian) The Yarmukian, known from some 20 sites in the southern Levant is famous for its “Coffeee beans eyes” clay figurines. The Yarmukians were the first in this part of the world … Continue reading

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