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DESCRIPTION: Hammer Stone
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This artifact is of a fine grained gray mottled chert, with obvious worked edges and obvious signs of use.  It measures 80mm by 65mm by 62mm.  It was discovered at a site in the Department Dordogne, France.  This piece dates to the Neanderthals of the Late Mousterian (MTA) - Mousterian in Acheulian Tradition, dates to about 90,000 to 40,000 B.C.
PRICE: $ 230.00    ITEM NO: FA - 22
DESCRIPTION: Hammer Stone
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This artifact is of a medium grained mottled chert, with obvious worked edges and signs of heavy (i.e. crushing objects).  It measures 90mm by 70mm by 45mm.  It was discovered at a site in the Department Dordogne, France.  This piece most likely dates to the Neanderthals of the Late Mousterian (MTA) - Mousterian in Acheulian Tradition, dates to about 90,000 to 40,000 B.C. 
PRICE: $ 195.00    ITEM NO: FA - 23

DESCRIPTION: Retouched Levallois Point.
It has the classic bulb of percussion and concentric rings on the ventral surface. The distal end has been worked nicely on both sides of the center of axis line. It is of a light gray and tan chert. It measures 49mm in length and 36mm in width.  It was discovered at a site in the Department Dordogne, France. This piece most likely dates to the Neanderthals of the Late Mousterian (MTA) - Mousterian in Acheulian Tradition, dates to about 90,000 to 40,000 B.C.

        
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PRICE: $ 60.00  SOLD  ITEM NO: FPM - 11

DESCRIPTION:  
Denticulated Double Concave-Convex Scraper. 
This artifact is of a very fine grained light gray mottled chert with cortex.  This artifact show signs of utilization. This large piece measures 109mm by 53mm.  It has a blunt proximal end, with fine retouches on the upper right convex edge, and with denticulated and some fine retouches on the left concave side.  It also possess some minor flaking on the interior surface.  This artifact was discovered in the Paris basin region of France.  It dates from the Upper Paleolithic, the Aurignacian industry, about 40,000 to 27,000 B.C.

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PRICE: $ 92.00  Sold  
ITEM NO: FPP-18


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DESCRIPTION:  Mousterian Straight Transverse Scraper.
This artifact is a cream colored chert with fine retouches along three of the four edges.  The bulb of percussion and flake axis is approximately 90° from the main retouched edge.  It measures 30mm by 37mm, and is a very nice artifact with show signs of utilization.  It was discovered at a site in the Department  Dordogne, France.  This piece dates to the Neanderthals of the Late Mousterian (MTA) - Mousterian in Acheulian Tradition, dates to about 90,000 to 40,000 B.C.

PRICE: $ 52.00   Sold   ITEM NO: FPM - 07

DESCRIPTION:  Denticulated Double Straight Scraper.
This artifact is of a very fine grained light gray mottled chert with cortex.  This artifact show signs of utilization. This large piece measures 105mm by 65mm.  It has a notch on the right side, with some fine retouches around the major edges.  It also possess some minor flaking on the ventral surface on the distal end.  This artifact was discovered in the Paris basin region of France.  It dates from the Upper Paleolithic, the Aurignacian industry, about 40,000 to 27,000 B.C.


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PRICE: $84.00 Sold    ITEM NO: FPP-19

DESCRIPTION: Mousterian Denticulate Artifact.
This artifact is a cream colored chert with both edges modified with a small notch on the left side. This piece show traces of utilization evident from the worn-down retouches.  The right side has a chip missing from possible frost damage.  It measures 84mm by 44mm at its widest.  It was discovered at a site in the Department  Dordogne, France.  This piece dates to the Neanderthals of the Late Mousterian (MTA) - Mousterian in Acheulian Tradition, dates to about 90,000 to 40,000 B.C


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PRICE: $ 42.00  Sold   ITEM NO: FPM - 08

DESCRIPTION:  Upper Paleolithic End Notched piece
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This unusual artifact is of a very fine grained light gray mottled chert with some cortex still attached.  It is classified as a End Notched piece since its notch is on the distal end.  It has fine retouches around the notch and along the right edge.  It also contains some interior retouches.  This artifact measures 62mm by 60mm, and the notch measures 33mm wide.  This artifact was discovered in the Paris basin region of France.  It dates from the Upper Paleolithic, the Aurignacian industry, about 40,000 to 27,000 B.C.

PRICE: $ 46.00  Sold  ITEM NO: FPS-01

DESCRIPTION:  Typical End Scraper
This artifact is of a very fine grained light gray mottled chert with small amount of cortex.  It has bifacial flaking with the retouches on the distal end.  It is on a flake that measures 54mm by 50mm and is 18mm at its thickest.  This artifact was discovered in the Paris basin region of France.  It dates from the Upper Paleolithic, the Aurignacian industry, about 40,000 to 27,000 B.C.


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PRICE: $ 22.00     ITEM NO: FPS-02

DESCRIPTION:  Typical End Scraper
This artifact is of a very fine grained carmel chalcedony.  It has a triangular cross section at its proximal end.  It is symmetric with respect to its flake axis.  The piece has a rounded distal end with minor retouches on the interior, and fine retouches in the left side.  It measures 53mm by 50mm at its base and 28mm at its peak.  This artifact was discovered in the Paris basin region of France.  It dates from the Upper Paleolithic, the Aurignacian industry, about 40,000 to 27,000 B.C.


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PRICE: $ 24.00     ITEM NO: FPS-03 

DESCRIPTION:    Typical End Scraper
This artifact is of a very fine grained caramel chalcedony.  It is a nice clean piece, symmetric with respect to its flake axis.  The piece has a rounded distal end with fine retouches.  It measures 42mm by 36mm.  The end scraper was made on a Levallois flake.  This artifact was discovered in the Paris basin region of France.  It dates from the Upper Paleolithic, the Aurignacian industry, about 40,000 to 27,000 B.C.
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PRICE: $ 23.00 Sold ITEM NO: FPS-04

DESCRIPTION:  Mousterian Levallois Point - Le Moustier
This Mousterian point is made on a Levallois flake.  It is of a dark gray flint with some cortex on the left side.  The ventral surface has been modified.  This artifact shows evidence of utilization.  It measures 58mm by 31mm.  The artifact is from the famous Neanderthal site of Le Moustier, Department  Dordogne, France.  This piece dates from approximately 90,000 to 40,000 B.C.
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PRICE: $ 54.00  Sold   ITEM NO: LMP-03

DESCRIPTION:  
Upper Paleolithic Flake Tool
This artifact is of a very fine grained light gray mottled chert with about a third of the dorsal surface cover by cortex.  It possess a few retouches and notches around the outer edge.  It measures 58mm by 46mm.  This artifact was discovered in the Paris basin region of France.  It dates from the Upper Paleolithic, the Aurignacian industry, about 40,000 to 27,000 B.C.
                  
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PRICE: $ 32.00  Sold  ITEM NO: FPS-05

DESCRIPTION:  Carinated shaped Scraper
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This artifact is an interesting carinated or keel shaped scraper of fine grain tan flint with white mottling.  It has some rust colored patina especially on the high points.  There are retouches on all three sides of this piece and a small amount of cortex on the top right corner.  This scraper was produced by the Levallois flake techniques.  It measures 55mm at its widest base by 52mm.  This artifact was discovered in the Paris basin region of France.  It dates from the Upper Paleolithic, the Aurignacian industry, about 40,000 to 27,000 B.C.

PRICE: $ 40.00  Sold   ITEM NO: FPS-07
DESCRIPTION:  Normandy region Core (Large)

 
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This is a well used flake preparation core from the Normandy region of France.  It was only a tiny area of cortex left on one edge.  The entire surface has a wonderfully old looking creamy white patina with highlights of iron oxide.  The base rock is a fine gain light gray chert.  The top of this artifact indicates that this piece was also used lightly as a hammer stone as evident by the conchoidal fracturing and worn edge.  It measures 91mm by 57mm by 49mm.  It dates from the Neolithic period, up to 6,000 years ago.

PRICE: $ 58.00  SOLD  ITEM NO: FN-50
DESCRIPTION:
Mousterian Serrated Tool
This artifact is a cream colored chert with both edges modified.  The bulb of percussion is located on the ventral surface (back side) on the top of this photo.  The retouches are mainly on the interior surface.  The right side is covered with about one third cortex.  The flake scars are arranged on the proximal end in a manner common with and end scrapers.  It measures 70mm by 33mm.  The distal end has a small newer chip.  It was discovered at a site in the Department  Dordogne, France.  This piece dates to the Neanderthals of the Late Mousterian (MTA) - Mousterian in Acheulian Tradition, dates to about 90,000 to 40,000 B.C.
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PRICE: $ 66.00  Sold  ITEM NO: FPM - 09

DESCRIPTION:  Mousterian Naturally Backed Knife

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The definition of a naturally backed knife is an unretouched flake or blade that has a sharp cutting edge on one margin and a natural cortical surface on the opposing edge, Bordes(1961:33). 
This artifact is made out of a flake that is a honey - cream colored chert.  There are retouches occur over the entire length of the apparent distal end of this artifact.  Some of the cortex was knocked off the proximal end by the force of percussion when this tool was produced.  It measures 70mm by 38mm and only 9mm thick!  It is a very nice example of this type of tool.  It was discovered at a site in the Department  Dordogne, France.  This piece dates to the Neanderthals of the Late Mousterian (MTA) - Mousterian in Acheulian Tradition, dates to about 90,000 to 40,000 B.C.  
PRICE: $ 78.00  Sold    ITEM NO: FPM - 10

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DESCRIPTION: 
Partial Cordiform Biface
This is a large and heavy artifact that has been partially worked on both sides.  It has an elongation index of 1.32 which classifies it as cordiform instead of discoidal.  it is also classified as a "thick" biface since its flatness ratio is 2.13, which is less than the 2.35 needed to be called a "thin" biface.  This piece has a nice old patina with a light gray mottled flint under tone.  There is a small amount of cortex on the top and back edge.  This artifact show signs of utilization as can be seen on the lower left photo in the detailed view.  It measures 107mm long by 81mm at its widest.  This artifact was found in site near Paris, France.  This type of artifact dates to the Late Acheulian and Mousterian contexts.
This is a very solid and pleasing piece. 
          PRICE: $ 136.00    ITEM NO: FA - 21

DESCRIPTION: Subtriangular Unifacial Biface
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This is an Acheulean (Paleolithic) age hand axe, measuring 102mm by 91mm by 41mm (at widest point). This artifact is a biface with a Subtriangular aspect and is best classified as a "Unifacial Biface". The flatness ratio is 2.22, which classifies this piece as "Thick". This artifact has a good sharp tip.  The left side edge on the dorsal surface has serrated retouches while the right edge shows little modification.  The proximal end has been trimmed to created a round base.  Ventral surface exhibits a large bulb of percussion and some modification to the base.  This piece is considered a flake tool since it was produced by removing a large flake from a core nodule.  It was discovered in the Dordogne Region, France. This artifact is a beautifully mottled light gray and tan fine grain chert with a nice patina.  Cortex can be seen on right dorsal surface of this piece.  This piece probably dates from around 250,000 years old.  
              PRICE: $ 200.00  Sold   ITEM NO: FAP - 17

DESCRIPTION: Denticulate Flake Tool

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This artifact is made on a flake composed of a fine grained light gray colored chalcedony with heavy cream colored patina.  It has irregular placed retouches on both interior and exterior surfaces, along with a notch on one side.  The bulb of percussion is present and is parallel to the long axis of this piece.  This piece measures 58mm by 54mm.  This artifact was discovered in the Paris basin region of France.  It dates from the Upper Paleolithic, the Aurignacian industry, about 40,000 to 27,000 B.C.
PRICE: $ 34.00     ITEM NO: FPS-08

DESCRIPTION: Upper Paleolithic Magdalenian Blade
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This is an Magdalenian Blade from the Upper Paleolithic (about 19,000 to about 9,000 yrs ago).  This sharp narrow blade measuring 44mm by 13mm and is very thin, less than 4mm at its thickest point!  This artifact has a slight curve to it with some very fine retouches.  The material is a light brown flint common to the region.  There is a light coating of original sediment from the site left on the surface of this piece.  This artifact was discovered in the at the site of La Madeleine, the name sake of the Magdalenian period, located in the Vézère valley, Dept. Dordogne.

          PRICE: $ 58.00  Sold   ITEM NO:
MAG-06

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