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By Brooke S. Blades

Drawing info from a vintage zone for Paleolithic learn in Europe, this ebook explores how early smooth people got lithic uncooked fabrics and analyzes the various usage styles for in the neighborhood to be had fabrics in comparison with these from a better distance. The writer locates those styles inside of an ecological context and argues that early glossy people chosen particular mobility innovations to accommodate adjustments in subsistence environments.

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The earliest radiometric determinations for the Châtelperronian fall between 33 and 39 Ka (Hedges et al. 1990; Mercier et al. 1993; Mellars 1998, 1999, but see d’Errico et al. 1998); Mellars (1999:347,348) has argued on the basis of radiocarbon dates that the early Aurignacian in southwestern France dates between 33 and 36 Ka. Current excavations at the Abri Castanet in the Vézére Valley have produced two radiometric determinations of c. 35 Ka for the early Aurignacian level (R. White, personal communication, 1998).

SYSTEMATICS, GEOCHRONOLOGY, AND PALEOENVIRONMENT 27 cliff slopes, and interfluvial upland slopes and plateaus between the major valleys (White 1985). Cretaceous limestone cliffs at times more than 100 m high often flank the river valleys and provide settings for numerous rock shelters that were occupied in some instances from the Middle Pleistocene (Judson 1975). 3. 2). Le Facteur and Abri Pataud are located 50 m and 150 m respectively from the Vézère. 3). 2. The study area in the lower Vézère Valley.

4. GEOCHRONOLOGY A geochronological summary of the Upper Paleolithic is presented below to provide background for subsequent discussions. The Upper Paleolithic in western Europe has traditionally been divided into various cultural periods; approximate time ranges in years before present (BP) are indicated (adapted from White 1986:30): Châtelperronian Aurignacian Perigordian (Gravettian) Solutrean Magdalenian Azilian 36 , 000-30,000 3 5,000-27,000 27,000-22,000 22,000- 18,000 18,000-1 1,000 11,000- 9,000 The initial dates for the earliest periods must be regarded as minimum estimates.

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