All posts tagged with Lower Paleolithic

To fish or not to fish

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This summer I pointed to an article about the FwJj20 locality at Koobi Fora, which provides the earliest known evidence of systematic fish exploitation in th...

The fish of Koobi Fora

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A number of papers related to the hominin exploitation of aquatic resources are appearing soon in the Journal of Human Evolution. Two of these in the early o...

Photo: Qesem Cave

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I’m writing from Israel this week, where I am visiting a number of archaeological sites. Yesterday Avi Gopher and Ran Barkai generously gave me a tour of Qes...

The hominin invasion of China

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Earlier this month, Scientific Reports included an article by Hong Ao and colleagues reporting a date for the Shangshazui archaeological locality in the Nihe...

Oldowan hunting behaviors at Kanjera South

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Joseph Ferraro and colleagues have done some neat analyses of the faunal remains from Kanjera South, Kenya Ferraro:carnivory:2013. Kanjera South is an archae...

Cutmarks under the microscope

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I’m trying to figure out why Science this week has a “perspective” piece on the identification of cutmarks on archaeological bone. It’s a nice brief but lack...

Digging deeper into the earliest Acheulean

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I’ve been ranting on Twitter all day about the new paper on the “earliest Acheulean” by Christopher Lepre and colleagues Lepre:Acheulean:2011, published in N...

Older and younger Acheulean in India

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Shanti Pappu and colleagues Pappu:2011 report on date estimates resulting from new excavations at the old site of Attarampakkam, India. The news element is t...

Crete again, again

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Julien Riel-Salvatore gives a good summary of the Crete stone tools: “Quartz, Cretan handaxes and Paleolithic seafaring.”

The spotty Acheulean

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Scott and Gibert report in today’s Nature on the “oldest handaxes” in Europe:

Handaxes from under the North Sea

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In case you needed a reminder that much of the territory occupied by Pleistocene humans is now beneath the waves, just take a look at this press release fro...

Earliest stone tools on Java

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The current Science has meetings reports from the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Congress, including this article by Richard Stone about excavations fr...

Acheulean endings

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There is no hard endpoint to the Acheulean; its tool types -- in particular the handaxe -- last well into the MSA/Middle Paleolithic. Here are some notes on...

How monolithic was the Acheulean?

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I'm taking some notes on change and stasis during the Acheulean, and they're not entirely complete, but in the interest of clearing my desktop I'm going to ...

What won't a handaxe do?

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I've had this working paper by Tony Baker on my desktop for awhile, and it has been discussed on some message boards. I wanted to link before I forget. It's...

Early human habitation in Britain

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Parfitt et al. (2005) report in Nature (subscription) on stone tool debitage from the Cromer Forest-bed Formation of southeastern England, dating to approxi...