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13282000Levallois pointMore sophisticated lithic reduction techniques were developed by Neanderthals. One of them is called the « Levallois technique ».Levallois pointMore sophisticated lithic reduction techniques were developed by Neanderthals. One of them is...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/2012.3.225_d.jpg?itok=9jIH2yFALe Havre Museum – Photo credit : C. Livonnen
1000664Points were amongst the main tools from the Mousterian culture. Their various shapes and the great care given to their production lead us to think they had a predominant role. Points were amongst the main tools from the Mousterian culture. Their various shapes and the great...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/2012.3.225_b_0.jpg?itok=QDUyJmNrLe Havre Museum – Photo credit : C. Livonnen
13282000They were primarily used to form the points of arrows and spears, but could also be used as hand tools. They were primarily used to form the points of arrows and spears, but could also be used as hand...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/2012.3.225_c.jpg?itok=0lGpBgkYLe Havre Museum – Photo credit : C. Livonnen

Retouched Levallois point

 

  • Origin : Forêt de Montgeon, Le Havre, Seine-Maritime

  • Period : Middle Palaeolithic

  • Archaeological culture : Mousterian

  • Raw material : flint

  • Dimensions : length : 11.5 cm ; width : 7.5 cm

  • Inventory number : 2012.3.225

  • Donation, Louis Cayeux's wife, 1974

More sophisticated lithic reduction techniques were developed by Neanderthals. One of them is called the « Levallois technique ».

Mostly used during Middle Palaeolithic and Mousterian cultures, this technique resulted in the production of flakes, blades, or points.

Points were amongst the main tools from the Mousterian culture. Their various shapes and the great care given to their production lead us to think they had a predominant role. Points were usually triangular-shaped with a sharp tip. They were primarily used to form the points of arrows and spears, but could also be used as hand tools.

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