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Title: Another window to the subsistence of Middle Pleistocene hominins in Europe: a taphonomic study of Cuesta de la Bajada (Teruel, Spain)
Authors: Domínguez-Rodrigo, Manuel
Barba Egido, Rebeca
Soto, Enrique
Sesé Benito, Carmen
Santonja, Manuel
Pérez-González, Alfredo
Yravedra Saínz de los Terreros, José
Galán, Ana Belén
Keywords: Hunting;Cut marks;Equid;Cervid;Bone surface modification;Skeletal profiles;Taphonomy
Issue Date: Oct-2015
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Quaternary Science Reviews, 2015, 126, 67-95
Abstract: Cuesta de la Bajada is a Middle Pleistocene site (MIS 8–9) in which some of the earliest evidence of Middle Paleolithic stone tool tradition is documented. The small format tool assemblage, dominated by simple flakes and scrapers, is associated to abundant remains of equids and cervids, in which both percussion and cut marks are well represented. The anatomical distribution of these bone surface modifications indicate primary access to fleshed carcasses by hominins. Hunting is further supported by the analysis of age profiles, in which prime adults are predominant both in equids and cervids. The taphonomic analysis of the site adds more information to human predatory behaviors as documented in other Middle Pleistocene sites and is one of the best examples of hunting documented in the Middle Pleistocene European archaeological record.
ISSN: 0277-3791
DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.08.020
Type: Article
Appears in Collections:Arqueología
Geocronología y Geología

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