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Middle Paleolithic occupation on a Marine Isotope Stage 5 lakeshore in the Nefud Desert, Saudi Arabia

Petraglia, Michael D ; Alsharekh, Abdullah M ; Crassard, Rémy ; Drake, Nick A ; Groucutt, Huw ; Parker, Adrian G ; Roberts, Richard G

Quaternary Science Reviews, 2011, Vol.30(13), pp.1555-1559 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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    Middle Paleolithic occupation on a Marine Isotope Stage 5 lakeshore in the Nefud Desert, Saudi Arabia
  • Autor: Petraglia, Michael D ; Alsharekh, Abdullah M ; Crassard, Rémy ; Drake, Nick A ; Groucutt, Huw ; Parker, Adrian G ; Roberts, Richard G
  • Assuntos: Paleolithic ; Paleolake ; Arabia ; Optically Stimulated Luminescence ; Paleolithic ; Paleolake ; Arabia ; Optically Stimulated Luminescence ; Sciences (General) ; Geology
  • É parte de: Quaternary Science Reviews, 2011, Vol.30(13), pp.1555-1559
  • Descrição: Major hydrological variations associated with glacial and interglacial climates in North Africa and the Levant have been related to Middle Paleolithic occupations and dispersals, but suitable archaeological sites to explore such relationships are rare on the Arabian Peninsula. Here we report the discovery of Middle Paleolithic assemblages in the Nefud Desert of northern Arabia associated with stratified deposits dated to 75,000 years ago. The site is located in close proximity to a substantial relict lake and indicates that Middle Paleolithic hominins penetrated deeply into the Arabian Peninsula to inhabit landscapes vegetated by grasses and some trees. Our discovery supports the hypothesis of range expansion by Middle Paleolithic populations into Arabia during the final humid phase of Marine Isotope Stage 5, when environmental conditions were still favorable. ► Wet and dry periods over MIS 7 to 4 are recorded in the Nefud Desert of Saudi Arabia. ► Grasses and...
  • Idioma: Inglês

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