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Site Formation Processes at Manot Cave, Israel

Author(s): Francesco Berna ; Elisabetta Boaretto ; Stephen Weiner

Year: 2017

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Manot Cave, represents today one of the richest Upper Palaeolithic assemblages in the Levant. The site has produced a 55,000 year old anatomically modern human skull, as well as Middle Paleolithic to Post-Aurignacian lithic and bone artifacts. The rich assemblage is found in an "unusual" situation, with an in situ occupation area at the top of a talus and close to a currently blocked entrance. The occupation area defined by in situ combustion features is replete with artifacts, and so is the talus slope. Understanding this site requires a basic untangling the processes responsible for the formation of the talus slope, in addition to the occupation area. Here we present the results from an extensive microarchaeological investigation and high resolution 14 C dates conducted in several excavation areas.

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Site Formation Processes at Manot Cave, Israel. Francesco Berna, Elisabetta Boaretto, Stephen Weiner. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431651)


Manot Cave

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): 14681

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