The Elements of Evolution (79-3) Mousterian Industry

Mousterian Industry

Refinements continued in stone tool manufacture into the Middle Paleolithic (300–30 TYA): more specialized, with specific shapes and sharper edges for hand axes and knives, as well as finer flakes for use in wood spears. Neanderthals and Cro-Magnon were both practitioners of Mousterian culture, though Mousterian artifacts abruptly disappeared from Europe with the passing of Neanderthals.

Mousterian industry was named after Le Moustier, a rock shelter in the Dordogne region of France. This site was typical of finds characterizing this level of stone tool technology.