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The original for this cast was sent to Occpaleo as a loan from the Jerry Sherman collection. (Cast on left with both pictured above) It is a Neanderthal tool, made from the intentioned flake that is removed from a carefully prepared Levallois core. It is from the Quina Mousterian Culture of around 60,000 years ago, in the Oise Department, Picardie Region of France. This is an excellent example of the unique method of neanderthal tool making, using the difficult method called the Levallois technique. Carefully prepared cores were taken through a series of controlled stages, so that a final flake can be taken off with the correct shape for points and tools. This piece is a wonderful example of a multi-tool from such a flake. It shows a perforator/graver point, a scraper edge, and a knife edge with sharp point as well. The piece was made in a dark french flint that has patinated creamy white on the dorsal surface. It measures roughly 4 inches long by 2 inches wide. (Cast Copyright Occpaleo 2020)

Neanderthal Levallois Tool Cast

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