publication . Article . 2019

Innovative Neanderthals: Results from an integrated analytical approach applied to backed stone tools

Davide Delpiano; Andrea Zupancich; Marco Peresani;
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  • Published: 05 Sep 2019 Journal: Journal of Archaeological Science, volume 110, page 105,011 (issn: 03054403, Copyright policy)
  • Country: Italy
Abstract The production of prepared backed artifacts during the Paleolithic is recognized as an important step in the design of stone tools for manual activities and the development of human tool ergonomics. Backed artifacts are generally identified as proxies of so-called “modern” behavior, partly because they tend to be associated with systematic hafting, but mostly because they are widespread within Middle Stone Age (MSA) or Early Upper Paleolithic (EUP) assemblages attributed to anatomically modern humans. However, in Europe these tools were first manufactured by Neanderthal groups associated with the Mousterian of Acheulean Tradition (MAT) techno-complex an...
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free text keywords: Socio-culturale, Backed tool; Discoid technology; Use-wear; Middle Paleolithic; Italy; Hafting; Experimentation, Archaeology, Archaeology, Acheulean, Neanderthal, biology.animal, biology, Upper Paleolithic, Cave, geography.geographical_feature_category, geography, Contextual information, Mousterian, Middle Stone Age, Hafting
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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
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Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage
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