The Earliest Occupation of Europe

Proceedings of the European Science Foundation Workshop at Tautavel (France), 1993

Edited by Wil Roebroeks & Thijs van Kolfschoten | 1995

The Earliest Occupation of Europe

Proceedings of the European Science Foundation Workshop at Tautavel (France), 1993

Edited by Wil Roebroeks & Thijs van Kolfschoten | 1995

ISBN: 9789073368071

Imprint: Distributed Title - Published by the Modderman Stichting / Faculty of Archaeology - Leiden University | Format: 210x265mm | 543 pp. | Series: Analecta | Language: English | Keywords: archaeology, prehistory, palaeolithic, Neanderthals, pleistocene | download cover

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This collection of papers arises from a meeting of distinguished scholars at Tautavel in 1993, sponsored by the European Science Fund. The aim of the meeting was to discuss and review the evidence for the earliest occupation of different European regions, from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean and from the United Kingdom to the Russian Plains and including neighbouring areas such as the Caucasus and Northern Africa. Discussion focused on four themes: chronology, environment, industries and subsistence. The central dispute between proponents of the Long chronology (placing the first hominids in Europe almost 2m years ago) and the supporters of a Short chronology (no hominids until 500,000 years ago) is covered in detail. The disputed 1.5m years are crucial to our understanding of how our earliest ancestors adapted to the European environment and this book will be crucial in furthering the debate.

Luis Raposo and Manuel Santonja: The earliest occupation of Europe: the Iberian peninsula

Margherita Mussi: The earliest occupation of Europe: Italy

Andreas Darlas: The earliest occupation of Europe: the Balkans

Nikolai D. Praslov: The earliest occupation of the Russian Plain: a short note

Karel Valoch: The earliest occupation of Europe: Eastern Central and Southeastern Europe

Dietrich Mania: The earliest occupation of Europe: the Elbe-Saale region (Germany)

Gerhard Bosinski: The earliest occupation of Europe: Western Central Europe

Jean-Paul Raynal, Lionel Magoga and Peter Bindon: Tephrofacts and the first human occupation of the French Massif Central

Alain Tuffreau and Pierre Antoine: The earliest occupation of Europe: Continental Northwestern Europe

Mark B. Roberts, Clive S. Gamble and David R. Bridgland: The earliest occupation of Europe: the British Isles

Jorgen Holm and Lars Larsson: The earliest occupation of Europe: Scandinavia

Vassilij P. Ljubin and Gerhard Bosinski: The earliest occupation of the Caucasus region

Jean-Paul Raynal, Lionel Magoga, Fatima-Zohra Sbihi-Alaoui and Denis Geraads: The earliest occupation of Atlantic Morocco: the Casablanca evidence

Gerhard Bosinski: Stone artefacts of the European Lower Palaeolithic: a short note

Martin J. Aitken: Chronometric techniques for the Middle Pleistocene

Clive S. Gamble: The earliest occupation of Europe: the environmental background

Wil Roebroeks and Thijs van Kolfschoten: The earliest occupation of Europe: a reappraisal of artefactual and chronological evidence

Prof dr. Thijs van Kolfschoten

Thijs van Kolfschoten (1952) is professor in mammalian palaeo- and archaeozoology and Quaternary biostratigraphy. He studied Geology and Biology and obtained his Ph.D. in Palaeontology, at the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Utrecht (The Netherlands). After a research position at the Institute of Palaeontology, University of Bonn (Germany) he moved in 1992 to the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University.

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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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Abstract:

This collection of papers arises from a meeting of distinguished scholars at Tautavel in 1993, sponsored by the European Science Fund. The aim of the meeting was to discuss and review the evidence for the earliest occupation of different European regions, from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean and from the United Kingdom to the Russian Plains and including neighbouring areas such as the Caucasus and Northern Africa. Discussion focused on four themes: chronology, environment, industries and subsistence. The central dispute between proponents of the Long chronology (placing the first hominids in Europe almost 2m years ago) and the supporters of a Short chronology (no hominids until 500,000 years ago) is covered in detail. The disputed 1.5m years are crucial to our understanding of how our earliest ancestors adapted to the European environment and this book will be crucial in furthering the debate.

Contents

Luis Raposo and Manuel Santonja: The earliest occupation of Europe: the Iberian peninsula

Margherita Mussi: The earliest occupation of Europe: Italy

Andreas Darlas: The earliest occupation of Europe: the Balkans

Nikolai D. Praslov: The earliest occupation of the Russian Plain: a short note

Karel Valoch: The earliest occupation of Europe: Eastern Central and Southeastern Europe

Dietrich Mania: The earliest occupation of Europe: the Elbe-Saale region (Germany)

Gerhard Bosinski: The earliest occupation of Europe: Western Central Europe

Jean-Paul Raynal, Lionel Magoga and Peter Bindon: Tephrofacts and the first human occupation of the French Massif Central

Alain Tuffreau and Pierre Antoine: The earliest occupation of Europe: Continental Northwestern Europe

Mark B. Roberts, Clive S. Gamble and David R. Bridgland: The earliest occupation of Europe: the British Isles

Jorgen Holm and Lars Larsson: The earliest occupation of Europe: Scandinavia

Vassilij P. Ljubin and Gerhard Bosinski: The earliest occupation of the Caucasus region

Jean-Paul Raynal, Lionel Magoga, Fatima-Zohra Sbihi-Alaoui and Denis Geraads: The earliest occupation of Atlantic Morocco: the Casablanca evidence

Gerhard Bosinski: Stone artefacts of the European Lower Palaeolithic: a short note

Martin J. Aitken: Chronometric techniques for the Middle Pleistocene

Clive S. Gamble: The earliest occupation of Europe: the environmental background

Wil Roebroeks and Thijs van Kolfschoten: The earliest occupation of Europe: a reappraisal of artefactual and chronological evidence

Prof dr. Thijs van Kolfschoten

Thijs van Kolfschoten (1952) is professor in mammalian palaeo- and archaeozoology and Quaternary biostratigraphy. He studied Geology and Biology and obtained his Ph.D. in Palaeontology, at the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Utrecht (The Netherlands). After a research position at the Institute of Palaeontology, University of Bonn (Germany) he moved in 1992 to the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University.

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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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