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Publication . Article . Other literature type . 2021

Neanderthals on the Lower Danube: Middle Palaeolithic evidence in the Danube Gorges of the Balkans

Dusan Boric; Emanuela Cristiani; Rachel J A Hopkins; Jean-Luc Schwenninger; Katarina Gerometta; C. French; Giuseppina Mutri; +12 Authors
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Abstract: The article presents evidence about the Middle Palaeolithic and Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition interval in the karst area of the Danube Gorges in the Lower Danube Basin. We review the extant data and present new evidence from two recently investigated sites found on the Serbian side of the Danube River – Tabula Traiana and Dubočka‐Kozja caves. The two sites have yielded layers dating to both the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic and have been investigated by the application of modern standards of excavation and recovery along with a suite of state‐of‐the‐art analytical procedures. The presentation focuses on micromorphological analyses of the caves’ sediments, characterisation of cryptotephra, a suite of new radiometric dates (accelerator mass spectrometry and optically stimulated luminescence) as well as proteomics (zooarchaeology by mass spectrometry) and stable isotope data in discerning patterns of human occupation of these locales over the long term.

Funder: NOMIS Stiftung; Id:

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Geology Cave geography.geographical_feature_category geography Archaeology Excavation Zooarchaeology Structural basin Karst Accelerator mass spectrometry Radiometric dating Radiocarbon dating law.invention law


V400, V460, V490, cryptotephra; Danube Gorges; OSL dating; Palaeolithic; radiocarbon dating; ZooMS, cryptotephra, Danube Gorges, OSL dating, Palaeolithic, radiocarbon dating, ZooMS, ZooMS, radiocarbon dating, Palaeolithic, OSL dating, Danube Gorges, cryptotephra, Special Issue Article, Special Issue Articles, cryptotephra ; Danube Gorges ; OSL dating ; Palaeolithic ; radiocarbon dating ; ZooMS, Special Issue Article, Special Issue Articles, Paleontology, Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous), Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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Plant foods in Palaeolithic and Mesolithic societies of SE Europe and Italy
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 639286
  • Funding stream: H2020 | ERC | ERC-STG
Validated by funder
Subsistence and human resilience to sudden climatic events in Europe during MIS3
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 818299
  • Funding stream: H2020 | ERC | ERC-COG
Validated by funder
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