Kung San who live similarly to their Paleolithic predecessors. Most known hominin fossils dating earlier than one million years before present are found in this area, particularly in Kenya , Tanzania , and Ethiopia. Southern Caucasus was occupied by c. By the end of the Lower Paleolithic, members of the hominin family were living in what is now China, western Indonesia, and, in Europe, around the Mediterranean and as far north as England, southern Germany, and Bulgaria. Their further northward expansion may have been limited by the lack of control of fire: Very little fossil evidence is available at known Lower Paleolithic sites in Europe, but it is believed that hominins who inhabited these sites were likewise Homo erectus. There is no evidence of hominins in America, Australia, or almost anywhere in Oceania during this time period. Fates of these early colonists, and their relationships to modern humans, are still subject to debate. According to current archaeological and genetic models, there were at least two notable expansion events subsequent to peopling of Eurasia c. In the Middle Paleolithic, Neanderthals were present in the region now occupied by Poland.

Anatomically modern human

Marine Geology 3—4: Bulletin of Volcanology 41 1: Blaauw M, Christen JA. Flexible paleoclimate age-depth models using an autoregressive Gamma process. Bayesian Analysis 6 3:

A NEW LOOK AT THE RADIOCARBON CHRONOLOGY OF THE SZELETIAN IN HUNGARY Gyorgy Lengyel I and Zsolt Mcste~ fo r the understanding of the Middle to Upper Pal­ eolithic transition in Eastern Central Europe (AII­ Distribution of lithic “fossil markers” in the Pleistocene stratigraphy ofSzclCla after Ringer and Mester, An.

While the debate primarily centers on genetics, dispersal trajectories and points of earliest presence, the context climate, landscape, demography, culture of the colonizing process is usually considered in a coarse-grained manner or even ignored. To understand the context of human dispersal and to decipher relevant push and pull factors requires the consideration of multiple environmental proxies and the research on different geographic scales. In this paper, we present the Late Quaternary Carpathian Basin as a specific context area of early modern human dispersal into Europe.

The multitude of Early Upper Paleolithic sites in this region suggests that it was part of a major dispersal corridor along the Danube and its catchment area some 40, years ago. The Aurignacian land-use model describes the interaction of early modern humans with their environment. One important parameter is the specific distribution of archaeological sites that exemplifies their boundedness to specific eco-zones.

To reconstruct the latter, paleo-environmental proxies and archaeological data are examined together in regional vector models and in a GIS based landscape archaeology approach. In the final section, we present the Carpathian Basin as an idiosyncratic habitat that mirrors the dynamics and complexity of early modern human adaptation. This finding has three important implications.

The Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages

Neandertals were the first in Europe to make standardized and specialized bone tools — which are still in use today. The tools are unlike any others previously found in Neandertal sites, but they are similar to a tool type well known from later modern human sites and still in use today by high-end leather workers. This tool, called a lissoir or smoother, is shaped from deer ribs and has a polished tip that, when pushed against a hide, creates softer, burnished and more water resistant leather.

Naturally we are aware of an Upper Paleolithic-type group in Middle Paleolithic industries, but in such cases we are not aware of an Upper Paleolithic component that reaches % and %, as is the case in levels 18c and 18b, respectively (Cabrera et al., ).

Major element glass compositions, determined using a wavelength-dispersive electron microprobe WDS-EMPA , yielded the geochemical fingerprinting needed for a reliable identification of most of the 23 stratigraphically ordered tephra layers under investigation. The recognition of key Mediterranean marker tephra layers e. The Sr and Nd isotope compositions of selected layers where also determined for circumscribing the volcanic source of distal tephra and for supporting correlations with individual eruptive units.

These newly dated tephra are widely dispersed e. Baldo and in the Lessini Mts. Pettino and Paganica faults. Moreover, in agreement with both 18th century accounts and previous palaeoseismological data, we can affirm now that these faults were responsible for the catastrophic February 2, earthquake Mw 6. The data indicate that the Paganica-San Demetrio fault system has ruptured in the past both together with the conterminous Mt.

Marine fault system, along more than 30 km and causing an Mw 6.

Art of the Upper Paleolithic

Such artifacts could not only be successfully used for hunting animals, but also for killing humans. Biological anthropologists argue for a continuity of an aggressive instinct from a common ancestor of chimpanzees and humans Kelly -but why should an aggressive attitude be evolutionary more successful than coalitions with friends? Social anthropologists see interpersonal violence as the outcome of competition of individuals for status, prestige and high rank.

To those fortunate souls who live without the threat of aggression, violence often seems random and senseless. But Wolfgang Sofsky, a German sociologist and cultural anthropologist, argues that brutality has discernible rules and patterns.

Boker Tachtit is an important site for understanding the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition in the Levant. The thin and stratified archeological levels together with a well-defined lithic technology make the site suitable for addressing the issue of heat treatment of raw materials for tool production.

Journal of Human Evolution, 65 3 , — One proposes that groups of the proto-U6 lineage spread from the Near East to North Africa around 40—45 ka thousands of years ago , followed by some degree of regional continuity. The new dating offers fresh light on theories of continuity versus replacement of populations as presented by the genetic evidence.

We examine the implications of these data for interpreting the first appearance of the LSA in the Maghreb and providing comparisons with other dated early blade and bladelet industries in North Africa. This paper uses a novel palaeohydrological a This paper uses a novel palaeohydrological and hydraulic modelling approach to test the hypothesis that under wetter climates c.

We confirm that three of these now buried palaeo river systems could have been active at the key time of human migration across the Sahara.

Upper Paleolithic Period

Batzuk aipatu dute Pirinioetako eremu kultural bat, adierazle kultural oso espezifikoekin, bereziki Magdalen aldian. Pirinioak zeharkatzen dituzten zenbait pasabideen izatea, aldi berean, bateragarria da beste planteamenduarekin, hain zuzen ere, gizataldeek nahiago izaten dituztela Pirinioetako mendebaldeko eta ekialdeko ertzak Iberiar Penintsula eta kontinentearen arteko pasabideak bezala, erosoagoak dire-lako.

Hipotesi hau abiapuntutzat hartuta, mendebaldeko pasabidea Euskal Herria zeharkatzen duena zenbait erregistro materialen arabera aztertuko dugu:

Additionally, I study diverse Middle and Upper Paleolithic archaeofaunal assemblages, notably from Misliya Cave, Nesher-Ramla and Manot Cave. (I am an archaeologist interested in the Paleolithic and Epipaleolithic periods.

The identification of a site with large accumulations of LCTs favours the hypothesis of an African origin for the Acheulean of Southwest Europe. The lithic tool-bearing deposits date back to thousand years ago. Our chronological findings confirm temporal overlap between sites with clear “African” Acheulean affinities and Early Middle Paleolithic sites found elsewhere in the region Neither Neanderthal fossils nor typical Mousterian assemblages have been reported in East Asia to date.

Here we report on artifact assemblages comparable to western Eurasian Middle Paleolithic Mousterian at Jinsitai, a cave site in North China. The lithic industry at Jinsitai appeared at least ka and persisted until around ka Journal of Human Evolution https: An alternative perspective is offered here, focusing on the nature of the Acheulean handaxe and the archaeological record, and re-emphasizing their status as cultural artefacts.

This is based on four main arguments challenging the proposals of Corbey et al. Firstly, handaxes do not have to track environmental variation to be a cultural artefact, given their role as a hand-held butchery knife or multi-purpose tool


Neolithic agricultural subsistence Over the final ten millennia BC ca. The unfolding of this transition can be mapped with very rough approximations for individual regions. For instance, Neolithic life was achieved in Mesopotamia ca.

To test the hypothesis that recorded changes during the late Middle Paleolithic foretold the Upper Paleolithic, I proceed by presenting the attributes of the Upper Paleolithic revolution, as enumerated by archaeologists, with comments concerning their uniqueness or their earlier appearance during the Middle Paleolithic.

Elemental spectra were performed from archeological samples of three chosen individuals from different time periods. The unusual presence of magnesium, aluminum, and silicon in the first sample could confirm the hypothesis of high degree of dental abrasion caused by particles from grinding stones in flour Microscopy and Microanalysis https: Do historic accounts of Aboriginal Australians correspond to the archeological record of dental disease? Studies of hunter-gatherer oral pathology, particularly in Australia, often focus upon dental wear and caries or assume that historic studies of Aboriginal people reflect the precontact past.

Consequently the range of population variation has been underestimated. In this paper dental pathology from human remains from Roonka are compared with a model of dental pathology derived from historic studies.

The Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition: dating, stratigraphy, and isochronous markers.

We test this concept using records of volcanic ash layers of the Campanian Ignimbrite eruption dated to ca. The distribution of the Campanian Ignimbrite has been enhanced by the discovery of cryptotephra deposits volcanic ash layers that are not visible to the naked eye in archaeological cave sequences. They enable us to synchronize archaeological and paleoclimatic records through the period of transition from Neanderthal to the earliest anatomically modern human populations in Europe.

Our results confirm that the combined effects of a major volcanic eruption and severe climatic cooling failed to have lasting impacts on Neanderthals or early modern humans in Europe. We infer that modern humans proved a greater competitive threat to indigenous populations than natural disasters.

The Early Upper Paleolithic: Evidence from Europe and the Near East. BAR International Series Oxford: British Archaeological Reports. Journal Articles, Book Chapters, and Minor Publications (Selected List) Hoffecker, J. F., and I. T. Hoffecker. Technological complexity and the global dispersal.

The meaning of this complex is open for discussion, as: BP Here I will focus only on sites with chronological and technical informations. Surface findings with data, that could be heavily biased will not be described or discussed. The cave is divided into four parts: Szeleta cave was first excavated between and by Kadic and later in , , , , and since by several scholars and even international teams.

After WW 2 the classification for the Paleolithic occupations at Szeleta was changed. It was recognized that the middle European leaf point industries were chronologically earlier than the Solutrian in France and in some regions clearly related to the local Middle Paleolithic for example in Bavaria. At Szeleta, Kadic described 11 layers among which 9 wereof Pleistocene age.

The most complete sequence of layers was recovered in the Hall, where the excavation reached the bedrock. The nine Pleistocene layers were not found in the same order in each part of the cave. Some layers of the cave fill were further divided into sub-layers. In the case of layer 3 for example into three hearth levels 3a, 3b, 3c with an up to 0.

Cadic and his successors focused on the spectacular Leaf Points, without much emphasis on other tool types. Several models, which claimed or refuted the integrity of the strata, have been proposed:


Landscape Evolution and Human Occupation. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D. Geological Society of America Memoir

Human settlement history in Europe during the period spanning the transition from the Middle to the Upper Paleolithic is one of the most debated topics in Paleolithic archaeology (Mellars, ; Zilh±o and d’Errico, ; van Andel and Davies, ; Brantingham et al., ; Straus, ; Conard, ).

Venus of Willendorf The vast majority of Ice Age art will not have survived; apart from work in wood, leather and other very perishable materials, the antler and bone which are very commonly used would normally decay if not buried in dry caves and shelters. There is evidence for some craft specialization, and the transport over considerable distances of materials such as stone and, above all marine shells, much used for jewellery and probably decorating clothes. The higher sea levels today mean that the level and nature of coastal settlements in the Upper Paleolithic are unable to be explored and remain largely mysterious.

Painted plaques are less common. It is possible that they were used in rituals, or alternatively heated on a fire and wrapped as personal warmers. Many sites have large quantities of flat stones apparently used as flooring, with only a minority decorated. The Venus figurine known as the Venus of Hohle Fels , dates to some 40, years ago. There are numerous carved or engraved pieces of bone and ivory, such as the Swimming Reindeer found in France from the Magdalenian period.

Many of the finest examples were featured in the Ice Age Art: East Asia[ edit ] Cave paintings from the Indonesian island of Sulawesi were in found to be 40, years old, a similar date to the oldest European cave art, which suggests a much older origin for this type of art, perhaps in Africa.

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The site of the Grotte du Renne at Arcy-sur-Cure is of great importance because it provides the most persuasive evidence for behavioral complexity among Neanderthals. This extremely rare occurrence has been taken to suggest that Neanderthals were the creators of these items. Whether Neanderthals independently achieved this level of behavioral complexity and whether this was culturally transmitted or mimicked via incoming modern humans has been contentious.

At the heart of this discussion lies an assumption regarding the integrity of the excavated remains. One means of testing this is by radiocarbon dating; however, until recently, our ability to generate both accurate and precise results for this period has been compromised.

Emilie Goval, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, DRAC Hauts-de-France Department, Faculty Member. The occurrence of a well-preserved stratigraphic sequence of soil and loess deposits dating from the Weichselian Middle and Upper Pleniglacial was discovered. Early Upper Paleolithic technocomplex (Archaeology), Middle to Upper.

BP , more than years earlier than previously thought for this region. There is a clear developmental connection between reduced hunting intensity and the uptake of ungulate management, confirming that this process began in response to local, density-dependent demographic factors. The early process of goat domestication in the southern Levant appears to have been overwhelmingly local. This may have been true for cattle and pigs as well.

Nevertheless, the loose synchrony of animal management trends across Southwest Asia was undoubtedly enabled by large-scale social networks that transmitted knowledge. The results add to growing evidence that animal management processes followed multiple regional evolutionary pathways within the Fertile Crescent. Because of its profound impact on all aspects of human sociocultural life, the forager-farmer transition has been subject to intense scrutiny.

Its investigation has an especially rich and dynamic history in Southwest Asia, home to the earliest evidence for plant and animal management and domestication 1,2. Although the amount and quality of data have increased tremendously over the last few decades, the details of domestication processes and associated explanatory models are under continual revision.

Current controversies concern the timing, background conditions, and nature of domestication trends. While the Fertile Crescent is widely recognized as a heartland of plant and animal domestication, there is less agreement about the areas over which certain species came under management and human-induced genetic alteration 1,3. Early indications of the ungulate domestication process include human control over the reproduction or culling of wild type animals, rather than evidence of extensive genetic or morphologic changes.

Did management lead to domestic variants in only one place, or were there concurrent evolutionary hotspots where local conditions catalyzed diverse modes and pathways to change 4,5?

When Was The Upper Paleolithic Era?