Category Archives: Archaeology

Projectile Points from the Upper Magdalenian; expanding horizons beyond North America

Projectile insets and backed pieces from the Upper Magdalenian of La Madeleine (Tursac, Dordogne, France), new data from lithic technology Alexis Taylor, in Paleo, Revue d’Archeologie Prehistorique I never lost interest in the Upper Paleolithic of Europe despite the fact … Continue reading

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Pleistocene Megafauna Wallows and Southern Appalachian Bogs

Originally posted on GeorgiaBeforePeople:
The wallowing, trampling, and foraging of Pleistocene megafauna probably maintained the open character of mountain bogs in the southern Appalachians during the Ice Ages.  Bogs were common natural environments during moist interstadials when cool temperatures reduced…

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Failed in Production

Here’s a closer look at a Clovis point that appears to have failed in production.  It looks like it was carried around and used as a general cutting tool in it’s second life-cycle then dropped near a mammoth kill.  Beautiful … Continue reading

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Large Pleistocene Carnivores Kept Megaherbivore Populations in Check

Originally posted on GeorgiaBeforePeople:
A brand new study suggests large packs of big carnivores kept populations of megaherbivores in check during the Pleistocene.  This finding seems like a no-brainer, but some paleoecologists believe megaherbivores suffered little mortality attributable to predation…

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Another Clovis Point

A bit more from the photography sessions.

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Spring Polished

This little beauty was found associated with the main spring head at the Clovis site back in the 1960s.  Like other lithic tools in that area, it exhibits a silky, slippery polish.  People have thought it was plastic at first … Continue reading

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Clovis Point

This is not the most beautiful Clovis point in the world but hey, it came from a mammoth kill site and is still in one piece.

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Folsom Point

Just because it’s a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.

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The Art of Aaron Kuehn

For students of anatomy, here is an interesting Typogram to help in learning the names of bones on a human skeleton. He has some other interesting art as well including a Typogram of human musculature: Enjoy, and maybe throw a … Continue reading

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Survival of the Fittest and Dwarfism–A Paradox

Originally posted on GeorgiaBeforePeople:
The concept of natural selection forms the basis for the Theory of Evolution.  Environmental forces select the fittest members of each population to pass on their genes.  Most people think survival of the fittest means selecting…

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Palmyra: A Lamentation

Originally posted on Middle Savagery:
I could write about the strange aesthetics of annihilation, iconoclasm, nationalism, symbolism, weaponized cultural heritage and the murder of people, a place, an archaeologist. I am supposed to be an expert in this, after all. Intimate…

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Quick Tips: Use of Phytoliths in Archaeology.

Originally posted on All Things AAFS!:
Phytoliths are a very important identification tool in identifying plants within ancient environments, often even classifying down to the species of the plant. But firstly, what are phytoliths? As the name phytolith suggests, coming…

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