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Jacopo Gennai • Jürgen Richter
Abstract: Bladelets are suggested as the hallmark of Early Upper Palaeolithic (EUP) industries. Bladelet-making is central in defining EUP technocomplexes and the debate is still ongoing. Here, new data on a significant sample of the stratified Early Ahmarian site of Al-Ansab 1 (Jordan) are presented. It is shown that bladelets constitute the majority of the blanks and the goal of the lithic production at the site. They are obtained through unipolar knapping of single platform cores, constraining a central area by means of embedded maintenance blade blanks and flank flakes. Bladelets are defined as the laminar blanks less than 12 mm wide. They are overwhelmingly represented in target products, i.e. straighter and more regular, while blades perform maintenance roles. Bladelet negatives are represented on laminar blanks and cores of all sizes. The presented analysis is part of a PhD project focusing on a comparison between bladelet-makings in different EUP sites along the putative “Eastern Trajectory”.
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Johanna Dreier
Abstract: The Epigravettian site of Blazi cave represents so far the only undisturbed and securly dated Epigravettian site in Albania. The new data fill a research gap for the time of the Late Upper Palaeolithic in the Eastern Adriatic. During the GAP (German-Albanian Palaeolithic research project) campaign in 2015, a large sample of stone artefacts and animal bones was excavated. Their spatial distribution and good preservation indicate an in situ position of the archaeological layer. The tool spectrum contains a high ratio of backed bladelets and microgravette points, typical components of an Epigravettian assemblage. The faunal remains, mainly ibex, exhibit numerous cut and percussion marks, characterising Blazi cave as a specialised ibex hunting site.
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