The Aurignacian lithic industry from Area E

Author(s): Lauren Davis; Omry Barzilai; Ofer Marder

Year: 2017


Area E of Manot Cave, Western Galilee, is found at the top of the western talus, close to the apparent natural opening of the cave, which was blocked approximately 30 kya. The area appears to be the natural end of the living surfaces, with the main living area possibly being closer to the natural entrance. Area E is composed of two sedementological Units; Unit 1, which is composed of topsoil and Unit 2, which contains the archaeological layers. Unit 2 in area E is divided into nine archaeological layers, I-IX, with possible additional subdivisions. These layers represent living surfaces. The living surfaces usually appear together with breccia, within which we find a large amount of faunal remains, flint, bone tools, decorated items and hearths. Layers I-III, appear to be composed of a post-Aurignacian tradition with small twisted bladelets, dofour bladelets, end scrapers and burins with very few faunal remains. The excavated Layers IV-IX are comparatively richer in faunal material and are characterized by Aurignacian tools flint tools including blades, carinated and nosed scrapers, flat scrapers, carinated burins and some dofour bladelets.

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The Aurignacian lithic industry from Area E. Lauren Davis, Omry Barzilai, Ofer Marder. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431654)


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): 17583