New evidence for the Mousterian and Gravettian at Rio Secco Cave, Italy
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The dearth of evidence for late Neanderthals in Europe reduces our ability to understand the demise of their species and the impact of the biological and cultural changes that resulted from the spread of anatomically modern humans. In this light, a recently investigated cave in the northern Adriatic region at the border between the Italian Alps and the Great Adriatic Plain provides useful data about the last Neanderthals between 46·0 and 42·1 ky cal b.p. Their subsistence is inferred from zooarchaeological remains and patterns in Middle Palaeolithic lithic technology. Unexpected evidence of the ephemeral use of the cave during the early Upper Palaeolithic Gravettian period shows a change in lithic technology.
Mousterian, Gravettian, Neanderthal Demise, Lithics, Cave Bears
Journal of Field Archaeology, Vol. 39, no. 4 (2014).
Peresani, Marco; Romandini, Mateo; and Duches, Rossella, "New evidence for the Mousterian and Gravettian at Rio Secco Cave, Italy" (2014). KIP Articles. 3730.