A Week in the Life of the Mousterian Cows Hunter A Mousterian Hunting Location on the Banks of the Paleo-Hula Lake
Eight excavation seasons (2007-2014) at the Mousterian site of Nahal Mahanyeem Outlet (NMO) on the banks of the Upper Jordan River offer a glimpse into the life ways of MP people during a hunting expedition in the Upper Galilee. This open-air site, OSL dated to ca. 60ky BP, is interpreted as recording a series of short-term hunting events. The NMO horizons, with their small number of lithic artifacts, unique typological composition and evidence for task specific hunting and butchering activity fit within Binford's (1980) definition of a "task location." The NMO findings include excellently preserved organic material, including animal bones, both micro and macro-fauna and botanic remains. We have now acquired information and data that enable us to suggest models that reconstruct the nature of the site and human behavior reflected in its layers and finds. Issues of cognitive abilities, hunting praxis and subsistence strategies, site function and group mobility all are in need of new, high resolution data that NMO can provide. Moreover, the high resolution stratigraphy and, above all, the excellent preservation of botanic and pollen remains can achieve a comprehensive picture of the Late Pleistocene environment and its impact on human diet, subsistence and survival.
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A Week in the Life of the Mousterian Cows Hunter A Mousterian Hunting Location on the Banks of the Paleo-Hula Lake. Gonen Sharon, Maya Oron, Rebecca Biton, Rivka Rabinovich, Steffen Mischke. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430970)
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min long: 25.225; min lat: 15.115 ; max long: 66.709; max lat: 45.583 ;
Abstract Id(s): 14534