LATE MIDDLE PALEOLITHIC
MOROCCO, NORTH AFRICA
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This picture shows three views of a good representative
example of a tanged Aterian point. It was made on a thick
flake that was trimmed to a point on one end and notched
on both sides of the bulb-of-percussion on the other end
to form the tang. The center edge view shows the thicker
bulb-of-percussion at the stem or tang hafting element.
This point was made from very good quality semi-translucent
chert that is represented by only 3.5 percent of the 70
examples illustrated in this article. It's also heavily patinated
with desert varnish caused from wind blown sand. This point
measures 1 7/8 inches (4.8 cm) long, 1 1/4 inches (3.2 cm)
wide and 3/8 of an inch (9 mm) thick.