publication . Article . 2019

House of cards: cultural taxonomy and the study of the European Upper Palaeolithic

Natasha Reynolds; Felix Riede;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Oct 2019
International audience; A fundamental element of Upper Palaeolithic archaeological practice is cultural taxonomy—the definition and description of taxonomic units that group assemblages according to their material culture and geographic and chronological distributions. The derived taxonomies, such as Aurignacian, Gravettian and Magdalenian, are used as units of analysis in many research questions and interpretations. The evidential and theoretical bases defining these taxonomic units, however, are generally lacking. Here, the authors review the current state of Upper Palaeolithic cultural taxonomy and make recommendations for the long-term improvement of the sit...
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free text keywords: archaeological theory, cultural taxonomy, Europe, systematics, Upper Palaeolithic, Europe, Upper Palaeolithic, cultural taxonomy, archaeological theory, systematics, [SHS.ARCHEO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Archaeology and Prehistory, Archaeology, General Arts and Humanities, Magdalenian, Archaeological theory, Archaeology, Taxonomy (biology), Geography, Systematics, Research questions, House of cards, Aurignacian, Unit of analysis
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Cliodynamic archaeology: Computational approaches to Final Palaeolithic/earliest Mesolithic archaeology and climate change
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 817564
  • Funding stream: H2020 | ERC | ERC-COG
Validated by funder
Personal Ornaments in the Palaeolithic of Europe
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 747400
  • Funding stream: H2020 | MSCA-IF-EF-ST
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Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage
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