Lithic Analysis of Late Mousterian Assemblages at Riparo Bombrini

Author(s): Julien Riel-Salvatore; Rebecca D'Occhio

Year: 2015


We present a preliminary analysis of the Late Mousterian lithic assemblages from Riparo Bombrini, in Northwestern Italy. Riparo Bombrini is an important site because it contains some of the most recent Neanderthal occupations for that region. Our analysis includes both retouched pieces and unretouched debitage, focusing especially on piece dimensions; the presence, kind, and intensity of retouch; platform and termination types; as well as raw material procurement. These multiple dimensions combine to provide a fine-grained view of, among other behaviors, Neanderthal mobility in the various Late Mousterian levels at Bombrini, and thus shed light on the adaptations and behavioral strategies of Neanderthals immediately prior to the arrival of modern humans in NW Italy.

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Lithic Analysis of Late Mousterian Assemblages at Riparo Bombrini. Rebecca D'Occhio, Julien Riel-Salvatore. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397913)

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