Neanderthals in the Levant

Neanderthals in the Levant

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The volume traces the controversy that revolves around the bio-cultural relationships of Archaic (Neanderthal) and Modern humans at global and regional, Levantine scales. The focus of the book is on understanding the degree to which the behavioral organization of Archaic groups differed from Moderns. To this end, a case study is presented for a 44-70, 000 year old, Middle Paleolithic occupation of a Jordanian rockshelter. The research, centering on the spatial analysis of artifacts, hearths and related data, reveals how the Archaic occupants of the shelter structured their activities and placed certain conceptual labels on different parts of the site. The structure of Tor Faraj is compared to site structures defined for modern foragers, in both ethnographic and archaeological contexts, to measure any differences in behavioral organization. The comparisons show very similar structures for Tor Faraj and its modern cohorts. The implications of this finding challenge prevailing views in the emergence of modern human controversy in which Archaic groups are thought to have had inferior cognition and less complex behavioral-social organization than modern foragers. And, it is generally thought that such behaviors only emerged after the appearance of the Upper Paleolithic, dated some 10-20, 000 years later than the occupation of Tor Faraj.Since so much burning seems to have taken place, it is concluded that burning, rather than other thermal processes, ... of the broken artifacts for Floor I, subclusters Dlb, C, Bl, and Al have higher rates of breakage for artifacts that are not burnt and do not have ... Since subclusters C and B1 have significantly smaller mean weights and platform sizes (while subcluster Al has a larger mean weight), tramplinganbsp;...

Title:Neanderthals in the Levant
Author:Donald O. Henry
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing - 2003-10-01


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