Worked Conus shells as Pavlovian fingerprint: Obłazowa Cave, Southern Poland


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Quaternary International

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New excavation undertaken in Obłazowa Cave, south Poland, yielded a fossil Conus shell, polished and incised artificially. The shell was found at the very bottom of the pit, beneath the point of the Aurignacian relics recovery. It has a stratigraphic and chronological meaning. The shell, as well as two others which had been found years before in layer VIII of the Obłazowa Cave, can be regarded as another trace of the Pavlovian people. It was probably the Pavolvians who destroyed the older layers of the cave. This raises a question on the relations between the Aurignacian and Pavlovian groups. Conus shells of the same kind were numerously found in the Pavlovian Moravian sites and in Lower Austria, in the vicinity of Grubgraben. Due to the fact that in the Aurignacian the Conus shells have not occurred, one can acknowledge them as a fingerprint of the Pavlovian.

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