Aurignacian Lithic Economy: Ecological Perspectives from Southwestern France

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Drawing data from a classic region for Paleolithic research in Europe, this book explores how early modern humans obtained lithic raw materials and analyzes the different utilization patterns for locally available materials compared with those from a greater distance. The author locates these patterns within an ecological context and argues that early modern humans selected specific mobility strategies to accommodate changes in subsistence environments.
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Overview

Drawing data from a classic region for Paleolithic research in Europe, this book explores how early modern humans obtained lithic raw materials and analyzes the different utilization patterns for locally available materials compared with those from a greater distance. The author locates these patterns within an ecological context and argues that early modern humans selected specific mobility strategies to accommodate changes in subsistence environments.
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Editorial Reviews

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'...this work has a lot to recommend it. It benefits from clear organization, a generally explicit exposition of approach, data and results, and a cogent synopsis of relevant environmental data. ...Blades' study has provided a useful theoretical framework through which to consider Paleolithic cultural groups, as well as data that can be employed for further testing. This is a welcome addition to the ever-expanding literature in the Western European Upper Paleolithic.'
Lithic Technology, 27:I
'Works on stone tools are often dry and rather uninspiring in the face of such enormous expectations, but by placing the lithics into a broader ladnscape and ecological context, this work makes a better read than most.'
Antiquity, 75:289
From the Publisher
'...this work has a lot to recommend it. It benefits from clear organization, a generally explicit exposition of approach, data and results, and a cogent synopsis of relevant environmental data. ...Blades' study has provided a useful theoretical framework through which to consider Paleolithic cultural groups, as well as data that can be employed for further testing. This is a welcome addition to the ever-expanding literature in the Western European Upper Paleolithic.'
Lithic Technology, 27:I
'Works on stone tools are often dry and rather uninspiring in the face of such enormous expectations, but by placing the lithics into a broader ladnscape and ecological context, this work makes a better read than most.'
Antiquity, 75:289
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In this carefully constructed study, Blades (Lehigh U., Bethlehem, Penn.) analyzes the stone remains from the well-known archaeological sites in order to assess the extent of the Paleolithic geographic realm by examining the technological stages in which stones from differing sources appeared. Following a lengthy exposition of the data derived from the lithic raw material economy, faunal remains, geochronological determinations, and paleoenvironmental indicators, Blades draws conclusions regarding the shifting mobility strategies of the Paleolithic inhabitants of the region. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441933379
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 12/6/2010
  • Series: Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 211
  • Product dimensions: 0.53 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. 1:Environment, Technology and Mobility. 1.1. Introduction. 1.2. Theoretical Considerations. 1.3. Ethnographic and Archaeological Models. 1.4. Further Theoretical Perspectives. 1.5. The Approach. 1.6. Summary. 2: The Aurignacian: Systematics, Geochronology and Paleoenvironment. 2.1. Introduction. 2.2. The Study Area: The Lower Vézère Valley. 2.3. The Study Sites. 2.4. Geochronology. 2.5. The Aurignacian as a Systematic Concept. 2.6. Paleoenvironment: Sedimentology. 2.7. Large Mammal Fauna. 2.8. Conclusion. 3: Lithic Raw Material Studies in the Périgord. 3.1. Introduction. 3.2. Lithic Raw Material Sources. 3.3. Raw Material Studies: Périgord and Vicinity. 3.4. Raw Materials and Group Mobility. 3.5. Aurignacian Lithic Economy: Expectations. 4: A Study of Lithic Economy. 4.1. Introduction. 4.2. Typology. 4.3. Technology. 4.4. Reduction Intensity. 4.5. Conclusion. 5: Aurignacian Lithic Raw Material Economy. 5.1. Introduction. 5.2. The Study Assemblages. 5.3. Raw Material Economy: General Observations. 5.4. Technology. 5.5. Retouch: Extent and Intensity. 5.6. Summary. 6: Lithic Economy and Aurignacian Mobility Strategies. 6.1. Introduction. 6.2. Materials, Faunal Diversity and Mobility. 6.3. Discussion. 6.4. Lithic Reduction. 6.5. Future Directions.6.6. Conclusion. Index. References.
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