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Neanderthal Lifeways, Subsistence and Technology: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Neanderthal Study

Series: Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series

Edited By: Nicholas J Conard and Jurgen Richter

293 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations, b/w maps, tables

Springer-Verlag

Hardback | Feb 2011 | #193930 | ISBN-13: 9789400704145
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NHBS Price: £90.00 $114/€107 approx

About this book

The 150th anniversary of the discovery of the famous Neanderthal fossils gave reason for an international and interdisciplinary symposium in Bonn/Germany. This present book arose from this congress and focuses on multiple aspects of archaeological investigation on Neanderthal lifeways. In-depth studies of top-ranking scientists provide a detailed and comprehensive survey of contemporary research on our Pleistocene relatives. Examinations and debates are embedded in a variety of regions and time frames. Chronology, subsistence, land use, and cultural adaptations among late Neanderthals form the major trajectories of the book. The wide range of approaches involved, leads to an increasing understanding of the facets of and the variability of Neanderthal behavioural patterns.


Contents

PART I The Chronological Framework: Long Time Sequences
1. When Did the Middle Paleolithic Begin?
2. Neanderthals and Monkeys in the Wurmian of Central Europe -- the Middle Paleolithic Site of Hunas, Southern Germany
3. Neanderthals in the Cold: Middle Paleolithic Sites from the Open-Cast Mine of Garzweiler, Nordrhein-Westfalen (Germany)
4. Neanderthal Occupation in the Verdon Valley (Haute-Provence, Southeastern France)
5. Dating Small Heated Flint Artifacts: A New Thermoluminescence Technique

PART II Neanderthal Subsistence and Raw Material Procurement
6. On Neanderthal Subsistence in Last Interglacial Forested Environments in Northern Europe
7. Diet and Ecology of Neanderthals -- Implications from C and N Isotopes
8. Management of Paleoenvironmental Resources and Raw Materials Exploitation at the Middle Paleolithic Site of Oscurusciuto (Ginosa, Southern Italy): Units 1 and 4

PART III Neanderthal Cognition and Technological Knowledge
9. Neanderthal Technoeconomics. An Assessment and Suggestions for Future Developments
10. Blade Production in the Early Phase of the Middle Paleolithic at Bapaume-les Osiers (Pas-de-Calais, France)
11. The Lithic Production System of the Middle Paleolithic Settlement of Le Fond des Blanchards at Gron (Yonne, France)
12. Technological Analysis of the Bifacial Tools from La Micoque and its Implications
13. Handedness in Neanderthals

PART IV Neanderthal social organization and land use
14. The Social and Material Life of Neanderthals
15. Stability in the Intermittence
16. Territorial Mobility of Neanderthal Groups - a Case Study from Level M of Abric Romani (Capellades, Barcelona, Spain)
17. Level G of Las Fuentes de San Cristobal (Southern Pyrenees, Spain)

PART V Cultural Adaptation among the Last Neanderthals
18. The Demise of the Neanderthal Cultural Niche and the Beginning of the Upper Paleolithic in Southwestern Germany
19. Level 14 of Bajondillo Cave and the End of the Middle Paleolithic in the South of the Iberian Peninsula
20. The End of the Middle Paleolithic in the Italian Alps
21. Technological Behavior and Mobility of Human Groups Deduced from Lithic Assemblages in the Late Middle and Early Late Pleistocene of the Middle Rhone Valley (France)

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