(1996): "Cultural change between Middle and Upper Palaeolithic
"The most intriguing (aspect) is that they are produced in a complicated yet systematic way -- and that seems to be the signature of a human group that shares a common technical and cultural background." That technology, known in the region as the Initial Upper Palaeolithic
, led the researchers to rule out Neanderthals or Denisovans as the site's occupants.
The site also features the remains of inhabited caves, settlements and burials, all reflecting an intensive human use by the inhabitants of the area during the wet period that followed the last Ice Age, from the Upper Palaeolithic
to the Middle Ages.
The incident took place on the edge of an internationally important archaeological site from the late Upper Palaeolithic
Period - about 15,000 years ago.
Stephen Mithen in 1998 dated the emergence of the imagination as a higher human cognitive capacity to the period of the Upper Palaeolithic
, around 30,000 years ago.
"L'Arbreda is on the eastern pass; Labeko Koba, in the Deba valley, is located on the entry corridor through the Western Pyrenees (Arrizabalaga and Iriarte excavated it in a hurry in 1988 before it was destroyed by the building of the Arrasate-Mondragon bypass) and La Vina is of value as a paradigm, since it provides a magnificent sequence of the Upper Palaeolithic
, in other words, of the technical and cultural behaviour of the Cro-magnons during the last glaciation", pointed out Alvaro Arrizabalaga, professor of the department of Geography, Prehistory and Archaeology, and one of the UPV/EHU researchers.
It's a far cry from the late Upper Palaeolithic
period, about 12,800 years ago, when a settlement is thought to have appeared.
The [sup.14]C results provided a wide chronological span that covered an extended time sequence in the panel's decoration, encompassing the whole Upper Palaeolithic
Case studies from Australia and the Pacific, Northern and Southern America, Siberia, Europe, Africa and India, and a wide range of periods, from the European Upper Palaeolithic
to current Australian rock art, fully illustrate these questions.
The HLF grant is being made to also support and promote the striking Upper Palaeolithic
caves, breathtaking Neolithic chambered tombs, important Bronze Age funerary and ritual sites, and also the remains of Iron age Hill Forts.
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