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Early Upper Paleolithic shell beads at Üçağızlı Cave I (Turkey): Technology and the socioeconomic context of ornament life-histories

Stiner, Mary C ; Kuhn, Steven L ; Güleç, Erksin

Journal of Human Evolution, May 2013, Vol.64(5), pp.380-398 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Early Upper Paleolithic shell beads at Üçağızlı Cave I (Turkey): Technology and the socioeconomic context of ornament life-histories
  • Autor: Stiner, Mary C ; Kuhn, Steven L ; Güleç, Erksin
  • Assuntos: Shell Ornaments ; Zooarchaeology ; Taphonomy ; Technological Experiments ; Üçağızlı ; Anthropology ; Biology
  • É parte de: Journal of Human Evolution, May 2013, Vol.64(5), pp.380-398
  • Descrição: Ten early Upper Paleolithic layers in Üçağızlı Cave I (41–29 uncalibrated ky BP) on the Hatay coast of southern Turkey preserve a rich and varied record of early Upper Paleolithic life, including the production and use of large numbers of shell ornaments. This study examines shell bead production, use, and discard in relation to site function and the diversity of on-site human activities. Four factors are expected to contribute to variation in the ornament assemblages, one environmental and three behavioral. The behavioral factors relate to winnowing for quality as a function of distance from the raw material source, changes in the size of user groups, and symbol standardization. The accumulation rates for shell beads, bones, and stone tools paralleled one another through time, indicating that ornament discard followed the pulse of daily life at this site. All stages of manufacture and use are well represented in each assemblage, and half or more of the ornaments show evidence...
  • Idioma: Inglês

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