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A critical reappraisal of Middle Paleolithic diets

Author(s): John D. Speth ; Eugene Morin ; Julia Lee-Thorp

Year: 2015

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This paper examines dietary patterns amongst Middle Palaeolithic foragers in Europe and southwest Asia from ca 300 to 40 thousand years ago. In both regions, faunal studies show that a relatively narrow range of presumably high-ranked animal species—mostly medium- to large-sized ungulates—was hunted. The present review stresses the importance of considering fat procurement and the effects of transport constraints on faunal assemblages while assessing the diet composition of Middle Palaeolithic hominins. Overall, the published evidence hints at significant regional and temporal variation in dietary patterns during this time period.

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A critical reappraisal of Middle Paleolithic diets. Eugene Morin, John D. Speth, Julia Lee-Thorp. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397877)


Fauna Paleolithic

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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America