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Walking before running. Late Palaeolithic regional dynamics in the Spanish Mediterranean region previous to the "last big transition" (17 - 10 ky cal BP)

Author(s): J. Emili Aura Tortosa

Year: 2017

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Summary

The lapse of time between the end of the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) and the Holocene 8.2 cold event, can be considered as a Long Transition, in which global diachronic changes and regional processes are combined. Between 17 - 10 ky cal BP important ecological changes (increased temperatures, forestry and presence of some species of herbivores, variations in sea-level and coastline , etc), techno-economic transformations (abandonment of osseous weapons, active and passive grinding stones related with food processing, economical trends to intensification and diversification, etc.) as well as testimonials configuration of group identities (end of parietal art, changes in personal ornaments and funerary practices). These changes are accompanied by an important continuity in sites occupation, which shows a break on the Mesolithic (ca. 10 ky cal BP), starting a fast cycle that ends with the Neolithic (ca 7,5 ky cal BP), the "last big transition".


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Walking before running. Late Palaeolithic regional dynamics in the Spanish Mediterranean region previous to the "last big transition" (17 - 10 ky cal BP). J. Emili Aura Tortosa. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430158)


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

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Abstract Id(s): 16233

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