Early Upper Palaeolithic L-R-J, Trihedral Spear/Projectile point c45k yrs bp

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Seller: muddy-feet (2.773) 100%, Location: West Malling, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 114050390522 British Early Upper Palaeolithic L-R-J. This is a large Neanderthal made point that has been created on a thick flint flake. It is robust enough to have perhaps been hafted to a spear or lance. It is triangular in cross section with sharp lateral edges that converge to a robust trihedral point. The dorsal face has a pronounced central crest/ridge from end to end. The left lateral edge also has a small shoulder for hafting. The proximal end also has an angled tang to allow hafting to a shaft. These types of points were made during a so-called "Transitional Period". In Britain this period is known as the L-R-J (Lincombian-Ranisian-Jerzmanowician) and is contemporary with the Châtelperronian of France and Spain. It is believed that the so-called "transitional period" was a time when both Neanderthals and Anatomical Modern Humans coexisted, a period that lasted for around 5,000 years. By around 40,000 years it is it generally accepted that Neanderthals were out competed by Modern Humans in most but not all areas of Europe, however, some did hang on a little after c40,000 years in remote places. Length: 98 mm Width: 30 mm c 45,000 - 40,000 years bp From an old British collection, provenance details supplied with the sale. Found Kent. Provenance: Ownership History Available, Type: Stemmed point, Material: Flint

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