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Don's Maps

Resources for the study of Palaeolithic / Paleolithic European, Russian and Australian Archaeology / Archeology

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venus_renancourtrect Another Palaeolithic Venus has been discovered in Renancourt, Amiens. The statuette is in good condition, carved in limestone/chalk, and is 40 mm high. It is estimated to be 23 000 years old, and is from the Gravettian. The breasts, buttocks and thighs are all of exaggerated volume, as is normal in this tradition.

Last updated Thursday 24 June 2021

Egypt Ancient Egyptian culture from its beginnings through the dynasties to the Ptolemaic period and its eventual decline as a Roman Province, told through reference to its mummies, statues, burial practices and artefacts. Although my first love is the stone age, mostly before 10 000 BP, I have also become interested in the magnificent works of art produced in ancient Egypt. This set of pages is being constantly updated.

Last updated Saturday 23 October 2021

atapuerca I have reorganised and added to the page on tools, to include sections specifically on the development of the ancient Acheulean hand axe by Homo erectus and the various types of this important tool, and the mastery of its creation by Homo neanderthalensis, who not only made it in the classic fashion, working on a core or nucleus bifacially, known as Moustérien de tradition acheuléenne or MTA, but also took flakes and turned them into bifacially worked Acheulean hand axes. There is a short summary of the development of such tools right through to Neolithic arrow heads, followed by a longer section on the step by step development of the full range of tools from choppers through to the bow and arrow.

Last updated Wednesday 28 July 2021

atapuerca The sites generally known as Atapuerca are a series of very important excavations in the Sierra Atapuerca, in Spain, first discovered as a result of the construction of a railway line through this limestone region. Taken together, the sites are more extensive in terms of hominin discoveries than anywhere else in Europe, or perhaps the world. The discoveries range in age from 1.4 million years old stone tools to neolithic ceramics, and the hominins include Homo erectus, Homo antecessor, Homo heidelbergensis, and Homo neanderthalensis.

Last updated Tuesday 08 June 2021

Europe Hominin sites in Europe. This is a useful tool for forming an overall understanding of hominins from Europe, including Homo sapiens.

Last updated Friday 04 June 2021

kororect Australopithecus bahrelghazali is the only Australopithecus found outside East Africa. It is named after the Bahr-el-Ghazal oasis in Chad. Dated circa 3 500 000 BP. It is the first and only australopithecine known from Central Africa, and demonstrates that this group was widely distributed across Africa as opposed to being restricted to East and southern Africa as previously thought.

Last updated Monday 31 May 2021

luzonrect Homo luzonensis is an extinct, possibly pygmy, species of archaic human from the Late Pleistocene of Luzon, the Philippines. Their remains, teeth, and phalanges, are known only from Callao Cave in the northern part of the island dating to before 50 000 years ago. They were initially identified as belonging to modern humans in 2010, but analysis has revealed that the remains are unlike any other hominin fossils known, and likely represent a distinct species of the Homo genus.

Last updated Monday 10 May 2021

mtotorectThe Middle Stone Age grave of a three year old Homo sapiens child who lived 78 000 years ago has been found in a cave in Kenya. Researchers who studied the fragile, ancient remains described how its head appeared to have been laid on a pillow. Scientists have named the child Mtoto, meaning 'child' in Swahili.

Last updated Thursday 01 July 2021

homininoverviewrectThis gives a complete short survey, with links as appropriate to more detailed pages, of hominins from around the world, including Homo sapiens.

Last updated Monday 31 May 2021

africarectHominin sites in Africa and nearby regions

Last updated Monday 10 May 2021

trou magrite venusTrou Magrite venus - this 38 mm high ivory statuette was discovered by Dupont in 1867 during excavations conducted in the 19th century in the Trou Magrite near Dinant. It is the only venus from Belgium.

Last updated Friday 16 April 2021

rogalik venusThe Rogalik venus is a female figure engraved on a slate slab which has been used as a retoucher, from the late Palaeolithic, possibly around 13 000 BP.

Last updated Friday 02 April 2021

Wezmeh_Cave The premolar, unerupted tooth of a Neanderthal child, Wezmeh 1, has been identified from Wezmeh Cave, Iran. The child is estimated to have been between 6-10 years old, and the tooth is believed to be from a child taken as prey by a hyena elsewhere, and consumed in the cave. More photos and text of recent discoveries has been added.

Last updated Monday 10 May 2021

Egypt Ancient Egyptian culture from its beginnings through the dynasties to the Ptolemaic period and its eventual decline as a Roman Province, told through reference to its mummies, statues, burial practices and artefacts. Although my first love is the stone age, mostly before 10 000 BP, I have also become interested in the magnificent works of art produced in ancient Egypt. This set of pages is being constantly updated.

Last updated Saturday 23 October 2021

Bâtons PercésBâton Percé - This is an important recent find, the first bâton percé found in the Iberian peninsula. It is part of the group which are believed to be used to ply yarn into three ply thread, cords, or rope.

Last updated Friday 26 February 2021

purposerect What was the purpose of the Palaeolithic Venus figures? This page gives an overview of the Venus Figures, and discusses the possible reasons for the creation of these iconic and mystifying figures.

Last updated Monday 18 January 2021

Lake Mungo
Archaeological / Archeological Sites - Some sites of interest in the study of the Palaeolithic / Paleolithic era.

hobbits flores
Hominins before Homo sapiens

The Venus of Willendorf
Venus figures from the Stone Age - The Venus of Willendorf as well as those from or known as: Dolni Vestonice, Galgenberg, Kostenki, Brassempouy, Impudique, Lespugue, Abri Pataud, Monpazier, Tursac, Die Lowenfrau, Savignano, Femme a la Corne, Berekhat Ram, Gagarino and others.

  Cave paintings and sculptures
Cave paintings, engravings and sculptures.

modern reindeer people
Animals, Plants, People and Geology Ice Age Animals, The bear and cavebear in fact, myth and legend, Australian Aboriginal trade routes and fish traps, The Tungus - reindeer herders of the Siberian far north, The Sacred Root, Golden Thread, Frozen Mammoth discovery, Geology for Earth Children fans.

Tools and Decorative Objects of the Stone Age - Tools and other items used in the Stone age, including spear straighteners, firestones, adzes, beads, and needle cases, as well as the physics of a spear thrower and how stone tools are made.

There are a lot of things to learn about photography in museums, the problems are like no other area of photography. Here I try to explain the basics, and the pitfalls involved, and give an indication of what I think is an ideal camera for the situation.

La Marche
I often need to clean up line drawings of artefacts and sketches - the originals are typically from pdf files, and of poor quality. This method using Photoshop allows me to make much better images than the originals, especially when combined with first making the drawings a lot larger.

gosford glyph

Archeological / Archaeological Forgeries, Hoaxes and Curiosities


Archeology for Jean Auel fans - the sites and sculptures and places mentioned in Jean Auel's series on life in the ice age.

cotcb  map Maps of the Earth's Children Series - Maps include the true extent of the ice in the last ice age, as well as maps of The Territory of the Zelandonii, Journeys in Clan of the Cave Bear, local area around the cave in Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses, Iron Gates map, local map of the Sharamudoi, local map of The Mammoth Hunters Lion Camp, map of The Ukraine, map of The Plains of Passage, Clickable map of the Plains of Passage, Donau Mouth to First Snow from the Plains of Passage, The Encounter with the S'Armunai, Wurm and Riss Glaciation in the headwaters of the Donau (Danube), How I draw the maps.

The best frost hardy and drought hardy native plants for Australian gardens including Correas, Grevilleas, Bottlebrush, Banksias, Melaleucas, Mintbushes, ​Tea-trees, Eremophilas, Hakeas, Boronias, and lots more. Experts in Waratahs and Flannel Flowers. Licenced to sell Rare and Endangered Flora.

Hitchcock Family photos In 1865, Charles William Hitchcock and his wife Emma (nee Fuller) came out to Australia in the ship 'Royal Dane'. William Henry, my grandfather, was born on the ship on the 24th July 1865 while the ship was anchored in Keppel Bay. This is the index page for a number of family photographs and some of the early family history.

A bicycle trip down the Danube from the source of the Danube to Budapest.

Per's Plains of Passage trip from the Donau mouth to its source at Donaueschingen by motorcycle in 1998. Most photos on the clickable map of the Plains of Passage are by courtesy of Per.

Dinosaurs and other ancient animals. Dinosaurs, or Terrible Lizards, were the dominant terrestrial vertebrates for over 160 million years.

rock walls
Building good looking stone walls, using concrete foundations, mortar, and formwork, a method even beginners can tackle sucessfully.

Bushwalking - This is an overview of a wonderful part of the world - the gorge country east of Armidale in northern NSW Australia, in which I spend as much time as I can exploring and walking.

Cycling - Cycling for 500 to 700 km over one or two weeks on fully supported rides is a great way to see Australia.

Paintings of ancient times - Giovanni Caselli

An evening with Jean Auel - Various interviews with Jean Auel, talks by her, memories of talks by Jean, inconsistencies in the EC books.

Don Hitchcock

The webmaster on top of Avalanche Peak on a nine week tramping tour of the South Island of New Zealand.

Earth's Children is a registered trademark of Jean M. Auel.
The books in the series: The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses,
The Mammoth Hunters, The Plains of Passage, The Shelters of Stone, and The Land of Painted Caves are all copyrighted by Jean M. Auel.