Sites dating to about 100k include Klasies River Mouth, Border Cave, Skhul and Qafzeh.Sites younger than 40k include Dolni Vestonice, Cro-Magnon, Aurignac and Lake Mungo.The kilns, dated at 26,000 years old, were capable of firing clay figurines at temperatures over 400 degrees Celsius.About 2000 fired lumps of clay were found scattered around the kiln.Historically, archaeologists used different terminologies for Lower Palaeolithic cultures in different parts of the world.Many of these terms are now consolidated within the Mode 3 technology to emphasise the similarities between these technologies.
Only a small number of tools were produced from each core (the original stone selected for shaping) but the tools produced by this prepared-core method maximised the cutting edge available.
Some suggest the name had a relatively simple culture, although it was more advanced than any previous species.
Rare evidence for symbolic behaviour appears at a number of African sites about 100,000 years ago, but these artistic expressions appear more of a flicker of creativity than a sustained expression.
Sophisticated control of fire, including complex hearths, pits and kilns, allowed to survive in regions that even the cold-adapted Neanderthals had been unable to inhabit.
The Cro-Magnon site at Dolni Vestonice in the Czech Republic produced the earliest evidence for high temperature kilns and ceramic technology.
The flax was most likely used to make clothes and woven baskets, and a small number appear to be dyed.