Zooarchaeological insights into modern human mobility at Riparo Bombrini


Human-environmental interactions can be discussed on different scales, and from diverse perspectives and specializations in archaeology. We propose to examine human mobility on the local scale of Riparo Bombrini, a key site in Northwest Italy to understand Anatomically Modern Human dispersals along the Mediterranean coast during the early Upper Paleolithic. Previous studies including spatial, lithic, and raw material data revealed distinct mobility signatures from the site’s two Protoaurignacian levels, A1 being warmer and associated with residential mobility when the earliest level A2, directly preceding Heinrich event 4, is colder and associated with logistical mobility showed by a more expedient approach to lithic technology. From this portrait, we suggest that those signatures should be reflected in the faunal data by revealing distinct subsistence, animal acquisition, and carcass processing strategies from both stratigraphic levels. To assess this hypothesis, we present results from taphonomic and archeozoological analyses of faunal assemblages from both Protoaurignacian levels excavated at Riparo Bombrini between 2015 and 2017.

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Zooarchaeological insights into modern human mobility at Riparo Bombrini. Genevieve Pothier Bouchard, Fabio Negrino, Julien Riel-Salvatore, Pascale Tremblay. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444483)

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min long: -13.711; min lat: 35.747 ; max long: 8.965; max lat: 59.086 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 22330