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A bifacial tool of the Neanderthals from Ameland, the Netherlands

  • D. Stapert (a1), L. Johansen (a1) and M.J.L.Th. Niekus (a2)

Abstract

A bifacially worked flint tool has recently been found on the North Sea beach of Ameland, one of the Wadden Islands in the northern Netherlands. It probably dates from the Middle Palaeolithic because its surface modifications include windgloss which in this area originated especially during the Weichselian Late Pleniglacial. The tool was probably first worked by a skilled knapper and subsequently, after a break occurred, by an apprentice. It is suggested that the tool was transported to Ameland from the North Sea bottom in the course of sand replenishment activities. Other artefacts from the Wadden Islands allegedly left by Neanderthals are also briefly discussed.

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In: Mulder, E.W.A., Jagt, J.W.M. & Schulp, A.S. (eds): The Sunday's child of Dutch earth sciences - a tribute to Bert Boekschoten on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

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A bifacial tool of the Neanderthals from Ameland, the Netherlands

  • D. Stapert (a1), L. Johansen (a1) and M.J.L.Th. Niekus (a2)

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