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Analysis of orientation patterns in Olduvai Bed I assemblages using GIS techniques: Implications for site formation processes.(Report)

Benito - Calvo, Alfonso ; De La Torre, Ignacio

Journal of Human Evolution, July, 2011, Vol.61(1), p.50(11) [Periódico revisado por pares]

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    Analysis of orientation patterns in Olduvai Bed I assemblages using GIS techniques: Implications for site formation processes.(Report)
  • Autor: Benito - Calvo, Alfonso ; De La Torre, Ignacio
  • Assuntos: Geographic Information Systems -- Usage ; Geographic Information Systems -- Analysis ; Geographic Information Systems -- Methods ; Excavations (Archaeology) -- Analysis ; Excavations (Archaeology) -- Methods ; Archaeology -- Analysis ; Archaeology -- Methods
  • É parte de: Journal of Human Evolution, July, 2011, Vol.61(1), p.50(11)
  • Descrição: To link to full-text access for this article, visit this link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhevol.2011.02.011 Byline: Alfonso Benito-Calvo (a), Ignacio de la Torre (b) Abstract: Mary Leakey's excavations at Olduvai Beds I and II provided an unparalleled wealth of data on the archaeology of the early Pleistocene. We have been able to obtain axial orientations of the Bed I bone and stone tools by applying GIS methods to the site plans contained in the Olduvai Volume 3 monograph (). Our analysis indicates that the Bed I assemblages show preferred orientations, probably caused by natural agents such as water disturbance. These results, based on new GIS techniques applied to paleoanthropological studies, have important implications for the understanding of the formative agents of Olduvai sites and the behavioral meaning of the bone and lithic accumulations in Bed I. Author Affiliation: (a) Centro Nacional de Investigacion sobrela Evolucion Humana (CENIEH), Paseo Sierra de Atapuerca s/n, 09002 Burgos, Spain (b) Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34, Gordon Square, WC1H 0PY London, United Kingdom Article History: Received 26 February 2010; Accepted 1 February 2011
  • Idioma: English

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