Tag Archives: Steinzeit

Deconstruction of the MTA-B

This is a backed Mousterian “knife” from the North European plain, certainly not connected with a hypothetical MTA-B. This finding was associated with non-Levalloisian Middle Paleolithic tools as shown in Figure 2. Two variants have been distinguished within the MTA. … Continue reading

Posted in Plaeolithics and Neolithics | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Notched Points during the late Paleolithic and Mesolithic of Europe

This is a notched bone point (16 cm long) of unknown age. The base is  flattened, thus indicating that it was produced for permanent hafting. Points with a row of fine oblique teeth. (Kunda type point) first appeared during the Middle … Continue reading

Posted in Plaeolithics and Neolithics | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Obsidian tools of Pastoral Neolithic groups from the Lake Naivasha basin (Kenya)

  Saharan herders and hunters spread southward to the Sahel, reaching eastern Africa by 4.5 k.a. cal BP. The earliest pastoralists entered southern Kenya through the Great Rift Valley by 3,2 k.a. cal BP, having migrated southward from the Lake Turkana region where they had … Continue reading

Posted in Plaeolithics and Neolithics | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Badegoulian: Ugly Technocomplex- or Sophisticated Adaption?

  The research history regarding the Badegoulian technocomplex began 1939 with the publication of Cheynier (1939) on a certain “Proto-Magdalenian” of the Badegoule site (not to be confused to the late Gravettian at Pataud, Laugerie and Le Blot!). The name … Continue reading

Posted in Plaeolithics and Neolithics | Tagged , , , , , | 8 Comments

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

Posted in Plaeolithics and Neolithics | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A Subtriangular Handaxe from the Loiret

This is a very flat typical MTA handaxe from the Loiret (9,0×4,5×0,4 mm) found near Orleans in the Loiret (central France). It is a good example of the MTA method of shaping bifaces, described by Soressi. Such handaxes were produced … Continue reading

Posted in Plaeolithics and Neolithics | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mousterian Points in the Levant

Mousterian points are defined as triangular flakes, made by Levallois or non-Levallois chaine operatoire, with extensively retouched lateral edges that are either straight or mildly convex in plain view converging to a sharp distal edge. The dividing line between a … Continue reading

Posted in Plaeolithics and Neolithics | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Twisted Obsidian Handaxe from Melka Kunture (Gombore II)

This is a twisted handaxe made of Obsidian from the 800 k.a. old, early middle Pleistocene,  Gombore II site. The handaxe shown here is heavily patinated, but the non hydrated raw material is clearly exposed by small chips at the edges. Twisted … Continue reading

Posted in Plaeolithics and Neolithics | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Handaxe made of Ignimbrite

  Early humans were inventive when appling their techniques to new materials. This handaxe from an Acheulian scatter was produced from ignimbrite. Ignimbrite is a pumice-dominated pyroclastic flow deposit formed from the cooling of pyroclastic material ejected from an explosive volcanic … Continue reading

Posted in Plaeolithics and Neolithics | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Handaxe from Le Bois-l’Abbé at Saint-Julien de la Liègue: Is the “Moustérien à petits bifaces dominants” an Archaeological Reality?

This is a small Handaxe (Fig.1; 6,5 x  5,2 x 1,5 cm) from Le Bois-l’Abbé at Saint-Julien de la Liègue a commune in the Eure department in Haute-Normandie in northern France. Four find spots of Paleolithic artifacts are known from … Continue reading

Posted in Plaeolithics and Neolithics | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment