On the technology of Late Aurignacian burin and scraper production, and the importance of the Paviland lithic assemblage and the Paviland burin

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Abstract

Due to recent improvements in understanding of the lithic technology of the Early Upper Palaeolithic it is now clear that many classic Aurignacian ‘tools’ are in fact discarded cores from the regular production of bladelets. The complexity and standardisation of many of these core artefacts indicates that bladelet production techniques were designed to create bladelets of predetermined form. The Paviland burin — an artefact defined here and proposed as a bladelet core on the basis of similarities to another, contemporary artefact — is an important feature of the late Aurignacian of Britain and Belgium. Its geographical distribution may have implications for our understanding of the Aurignacian of northern Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-35
Number of pages158
JournalLithics
Volume29
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Aurignacian
  • bladelet technology
  • Paviland
  • Britain
  • northern Europe

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