The Impact of Lithic Raw Material Quality and Post-Depositional Processes on Cultural/Chronological Classification: The Hungarian Szeletian Case

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Abstract

The Szeletian industry is a key component of models of the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition in Central Europe. The acculturation model proposes that the co-occurrence of Middle and Upper Paleolithic artifact types in Szeletian assemblages, including "archaic" types such as notches and denticulates, is the product of interactions between Neanderthals and modern humans. In this chapter, the role of the Szeletian in transitional studies is re-examined based on new radiocarbon dates, a consideration of lithic raw material quality, and post-depositional processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLithic Materials and Paleolithic Societies
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Pages247-255
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781444311976
ISBN (Print)9781405168373
DOIs
StatePublished - May 22 2009

Keywords

  • Correlation of Szeletian assemblages with Neanderthal
  • Impact of lithic raw material quality
  • Impact of post-depositional modification
  • Lithic raw material use at Szeleta cave
  • Postdepositional processes on cultural/ chronological classification
  • Szeletian and the middle to upper paleolithic transition
  • Szeletian industry - notches and denticulates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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