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Skhul lithic technology and the dispersal of Homo sapiens into Southwest Asia

Groucutt, Huw S ; Scerri, Eleanor M.L ; Stringer, Chris ; Petraglia, Michael D

Quaternary International, 10 May 2019, Vol.515, pp.30-52 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Skhul lithic technology and the dispersal of Homo sapiens into Southwest Asia
  • Autor: Groucutt, Huw S ; Scerri, Eleanor M.L ; Stringer, Chris ; Petraglia, Michael D
  • Assuntos: Modern Humans ; Levallois ; Stone Tools ; Out of Africa ; Migration ; Levant ; Modern Humans ; Levallois ; Stone Tools ; Out of Africa ; Migration ; Levant ; Geology
  • É parte de: Quaternary International, 10 May 2019, Vol.515, pp.30-52
  • Descrição: The Levantine sites of Skhul and Qafzeh have been interpreted as indicating an early, short and unsuccessful expansion of Homo sapiens out of Africa. Chronometric age estimates, however, indicate a history of prolonged occupation, and suggest that Skhul (∼130–100 thousand years ago [ka]) may have been occupied earlier than Qafzeh (beginning ∼110–90 ka). Morphologically, the Skhul individuals can be described as somewhat more primitive in comparison to the Qafzeh fossils. Though the lithic assemblages of sites such as Skhul and Qafzeh are often described as being technologically similar, as part of the ‘Tabun C’ phase/industry, limited detailed information on the Skhul lithic assemblage has been published, and little comparative work has been conducted. Here, we present an analysis of the Skhul stone tool assemblage to describe its characteristics, to evaluate the lithic results against the fossil and chronological data, and for inter-site regional comparison. Our findings indicate...
  • Idioma: Inglês

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