Tag Archives: Vezere

The MTA of the Plateaux near the Middle Vézère Valley

The Middle Vézère valley in the Dordogne, south-western France, is a key area of world prehistory, well-known in palaeoanthropology for the high density of Paleolithic sites in caves and Rock shelters, amongst which are eponymous ones such as La Micoque, Le … Continue reading

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Gravettian Jet Pendant at Abri Pataud (Les Eyzies; Dordogne)

 Jet, known also as “gagate”, is a carbon fossil, compact and very light. It is a lustrous black stone which has a hardness of 2.5-4 (quite soft) and a specific gravity of 1.30-1.35. Another name of jet is “black amber”. … Continue reading

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Two Magdalenian burins from the Abri de la Métairie

The limestone caves and abris along the Vézère offer some of the most interesting and important prehistoric sites in the world. Limestone is a sedimentary rock that consists mainly of calcium carbonate produced by the amalgam of the calcareous remains … Continue reading

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A large Gravette from the La Rochette rock shelter

This is a large Gravette(8cm long) from the La Rochette rock shelter, introduced during earlier posts. a La Rochette is an  Abri, situated near Le Moustier, which was almost completely destroyed by various ”excavators” (among them the infamous Otto Hauser). H. … Continue reading

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Bec de Perroquet burin from La Madeleine

This is a double Burin Bec de Perroquet from the Magdalenian VI at La Madeleine with one Bec broken. Usually so called “type-fossils” are only of limited chronological value during the Paleolithic, as extensively shown during the last 60 years. … Continue reading

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Technique at Le Moustier

These are two elongated Levallois flake / knifes made from typical dark Senonian flint from Le Moustier G. The MTA assemblage from Le Moustier layer G (TL-Date: 50-55 k.a. BP) shows an ensemble that is characterized by a recurrent centripetal … Continue reading

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Chatelperronian Points from the Pas-Estret site

These are Chatelperronian Points from the Pas-Estret site (Beune) near Les Eyzies excavated during a couple of days by Dr. Ampoullanges in 1911. Many questions about the Chatelperronian, a technocomplex which is found stratigraphically above the Mousterian and below the … Continue reading

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Quina scraper from Abri de Merveilles (Vallon des Roches at Sergeac)

 The Vallon des Roches (also called Vallon de Castelmerle) in Sergeac is a side valley of the Vézère, located just 9 km south of Montignac-Lasceaux on the left bank of the Vézère. The “Vallon” seems to have been a favorite … Continue reading

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Abri Lartet

Abri Lartet:  Four artefacts from the early Aurignacian in the Vezere Valley: Burin, large burin, carinated scraper combined with a burin and a double scraper. This artifacts were manufactured  around 35-32k.a BP.  Abri Lartet (Abri Lartet, also called the “petite grotte de … Continue reading

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