Stone Tools II
The Upper Palaeolithic (or Upper Paleolithic, Late Stone Age) is the third and last subdivision of the Palaeolithic or Old
Stone Age as it is understood in Europe, Africa and Asia. Very broadly, it dates to between 50,000 and 10,000 years
ago, roughly coinciding with the appearance of behavioral modernity and before the advent of agriculture. The terms
"Later Stone Age" and "Upper Paleolithic" refer to the same periods. For historical reasons, "Later Stone Age" usually
refers to the period in Africa, whereas "Upper Paleolithic" is generally used when referring to the period in Europe.
All stone tools could have more than one use and were often reworked as required - broken choppers could be
reworked as scrapers, points into blades etc. Some of the specimens below probably had multiple uses during their
lives but we have listed there most likely uses. Some are obvious, others have characteristics of more than one tool.
Many of the specimens on this page are monofacial having been fully worked on only one side. This is a good indicator
of their age as in later periods both sides were fully worked. Most have a natural patina termed a desert varnish that
has been caused by sand carried in the desert winds slowly polishing the artifacts.
Palaeolithic Laurel Leaf Points
|Palaeolithic Large Laurel leaf point - £5/$8 each
|Palaeolithic Small Laurel leaf point - £4/$6 each
|Palaeolithic Scraper - £6/$10 each
Palaeolithic Willow Leaf Points
|Palaeolithic Willow Leaf point - £4/$6 each