Image: Cast of a Mousterian hand-axe

Cast of a Mousterian hand-axe

This style of tools was known as Mousterian or Mode 3 technology. This tool industry is characterised by finely made hand-axes, blades and points found at Le Moustier, France. These tools have only been found in Europe in sites associated with Neanderthals and dating to about 200,000-35,000 years ago. However it is possibly early modern humans used this technology when they first arrived n Europe about 40,000 years ago.

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