EEN GEISOLEERDE LEVALLOIS-AFSLAG VAN HET EESERVELD (OV.)
An elongated Levallois flake (with a length of c. 9 cm) was found on the Eeserveld, which is part of a series of ice-pushed moraine hills bordering a glacial basin near Steenwijk. The hills were formed during the Saalian glaciation. Despile intensive searching, no other Middle Palaeolithic artefacts were found in the vicinity. lt therefore appears that the flake occurred isolated, just like several handaxes known from the same region. Maybe it was used in butchering at a kill site. The implement must derive from bouldersand occurring an top ofthe Saalian boulderclay; it eannot be dated more elosely than to the Eemian ar the first half af the Weichselian. The flake shows the following surface modifications: windgloss, small pits, white patina, slight rounding af edges, cryoturbation retouches, scratches and pressure cones: the same range of weathering phenomena as exhibited by other Middle Palaeolithic finds from the same geological context in the northern Netherlands.