The Dan David Expedition to Manot Cave: 2010-2016

Author(s): Omry Barzilai; Israel Hershkovitz; Ofer Marder

Year: 2017


Manot Cave is a unique relict karst cave located in the western Galilee, Israel. The cave was inhabited from the Late Middle Paleolithic through the Early Upper Paleolithic periods until its main entrance collapsed some 30 thousand years ago. The cave consists of an elongated main hall and two side chambers. The topography of the main hall is composed of a long steep talus (ca. 30 m long) inclining from the original entrance of the cave to the center; a leveled area at the lowermost point of the main hall; and a smaller talus inclining from the eastern end of the cave. Seven excavation seasons (2010-16) have been conducted so far at the Cave. The excavations revealed dense accumulations of Early Upper Paleolithic deposits by the cave entrance (Area E), at the center (Area D), at the base of the western talus (Area C), and at the leveled area (Area A). The aim of the symposium "In search for modern humans at Manot Cave" is to present the most updated interdisciplinary studies on Manot Cave which provide insights to the culture and environments of the Early Upper Paleolithic populations in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

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The Dan David Expedition to Manot Cave: 2010-2016. Omry Barzilai, Israel Hershkovitz, Ofer Marder. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431646)


Geographic Keywords
West Asia

Spatial Coverage

min long: 25.225; min lat: 15.115 ; max long: 66.709; max lat: 45.583 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 14773