mardi 5 avril 2016

Annex 31 : Paleolithic Tool Traditions

 Paleolithic Stage 
of Development
(years ago)
Tool Tradition
Upper Paleolithic
(in Europe)
 17,000  Magdalenian
21,000 Solutrean
27,000 Gravettian
33,000+   Aurignacian/Chatelperronian  
Middle Paleolithic
(in Europe)
    75,000+   Mousterian
Lower Paleolithic
(in Africa)
1,500,000     Acheulian  
2,500,000 Oldowan
Note: the Acheulian Tradition began
by at least 1.5 million years ago in
Africa.  I
t did not reach Europe until
much later when the first humans
arrived.  The Mousterian Tradition is
most well known from post-75,000
year old sites in Europe, but it very
likely began in Africa around
150,000-100,000 years ago.  The
first Upper Paleolithic tool traditions
probably evolved in Africa by 90,000
years ago.

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