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The numbers of scars observed on the experimental series of Levallois flakes produced by Geneste (1985) are indicated at the base (after Geneste 1985: 268).

The numbers of scars observed on the experimental series of Levallois flakes produced by Geneste (1985) are indicated at the base (after Geneste 1985: 268).

MARJORIES CORE Sequence of reduction

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Figure 3.28 Metrical parameters of a sequence of 41 refitted Levallois and other flakes from the penultimate-glacial site of Maastricht-Belvédère in Holland (from Schlanger 1994).

shape and size of flint nodules could influence the choice of alternative flaking techniques and the overall productivity or efficiency of the different techniques in terms of the total numbers of Levallois or other flakes which can be produced from specific quantities of raw material. It would be equally interesting to know how variations in the inherent flaking qualities of the different materials (e.g. the use of fine-grained flint versus coarser-grained chert or quartzite) could influence some of the basic morphological features of the flakes produced, such as size, shape, thickness, complexity of dorsal scar patterns etc. There is scope for more work in all these areas, which could shed important light on several of the critical debates currently surrounding these aspects of variability in Middle Palaeolithic technology.

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