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.
|Number of pages||158|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
- bladelet technology
- northern Europe