Hunters of the Golden Age

The mid upper palaeolithic of Eurosia 30,000-20,000 BP

Edited by Wil Roebroeks, Margherita Mussi, JIRI Svodoba & Kelly Fennema | 1999

Hunters of the Golden Age

The mid upper palaeolithic of Eurosia 30,000-20,000 BP

Edited by Wil Roebroeks, Margherita Mussi, JIRI Svodoba & Kelly Fennema | 1999

ISBN: 9789073368163

Imprint: Distributed Title - Published by the Modderman Stichting / Faculty of Archaeology - Leiden University | Format: 210x265mm | 400 pp. | Series: Analecta | Language: English | Keywords: archaeology, prehistory, palaeolithic, Neanderthals, pleistocene | download cover

Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia 31

The period 30,000 to 20,000 BP can be aptly called the `Golden Age’ of hunter gatherers for a variety of reasons, spelled out in great detail by the 37 contributors to this impressive volume. In this period we find the first unambiguous burials after the Middle Palaeolithic, the earliest bona fide habitation structures and an unprecedented sophistication in raw material requirements which involved provisioning strategies over hundreds of kilometres. The volume deals at great length with many facets of the complex record of the period, with contributions on ecology, dating and the physical anthropology of the Mid Upper Palaeolithic population preceding a large number of papers dealing with archaeological issues, organized in a topical and a regional presentation.

Prof. dr. Wil Roebroeks

Wil Roebroeks is an expert in the field of the archaeology of early hominins, with a focus on Neanderthal studies. He has published widely on various aspects of the behaviour of extinct hominins, including their subsistence strategies, lithic technology and the environmental settings of their presence and absence in Eurasia. Roebroeks has conducted fieldwork in the Netherlands, in England , France, northeastern Russia and Germany . He is the Vice-President of the European Society for the Study of Human Evolution (ESHE).

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Kelly Fennema

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Abstract:

The period 30,000 to 20,000 BP can be aptly called the `Golden Age’ of hunter gatherers for a variety of reasons, spelled out in great detail by the 37 contributors to this impressive volume. In this period we find the first unambiguous burials after the Middle Palaeolithic, the earliest bona fide habitation structures and an unprecedented sophistication in raw material requirements which involved provisioning strategies over hundreds of kilometres. The volume deals at great length with many facets of the complex record of the period, with contributions on ecology, dating and the physical anthropology of the Mid Upper Palaeolithic population preceding a large number of papers dealing with archaeological issues, organized in a topical and a regional presentation.

Prof. dr. Wil Roebroeks

Wil Roebroeks is an expert in the field of the archaeology of early hominins, with a focus on Neanderthal studies. He has published widely on various aspects of the behaviour of extinct hominins, including their subsistence strategies, lithic technology and the environmental settings of their presence and absence in Eurasia. Roebroeks has conducted fieldwork in the Netherlands, in England , France, northeastern Russia and Germany . He is the Vice-President of the European Society for the Study of Human Evolution (ESHE).

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Kelly Fennema

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