The Lower to Middle Palaeolithic Transition in Northwestern Europe

The Lower to Middle Palaeolithic Transition in Northwestern Europe

Evidence from Kesselt-Op de Schans
Ann Van Baelen

A well-preserved early Middle Palaeolithic site set against a wider northwestern European context
The shift from Lower to Middle Palaeolithic in northwestern Europe (dated to around 300,000–250,000 years ago) remains poorly understood and underexplored compared to more recent archaeological transitions. During this period, stone tool technologies underwent significant changes but the limited number of known sites and the general low spatio-temporal resolution of the archaeological record in many cases has impeded detailed behavioural inferences.

Brickyard-quarrying activities at Kesselt-Op de Schans (Limburg, Belgium) led to the discovery and excavation of a well-preserved early Middle Palaeolithic level buried beneath a 10 m thick loess-palaeosol sequence. The present volume offers a comprehensive report on the site, dated to around 280,000 years ago, set against a wider northwestern European context. An in-depth study of the lithic assemblage, including an extensive refitting analysis, provides detailed information on the technological behaviour of prehistoric hominins in the Meuse basin during this crucial time period.

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Contributors: Jozef J. Hus (Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium), Frank Lehmkuhl (RWTH Aachen University), Erik P.M. Meijs (ArcheoGeoLab), Philipp Schulte (RWTH Aachen University), Ann Van Baelen (KU Leuven and University of Cambridge), Philip Van Peer (KU Leuven), Joerg Zens (RWTH Aachen University)

Titre The Lower to Middle Palaeolithic Transition in Northwestern Europe
Sous-titre Evidence from Kesselt-Op de Schans
Auteur Ann Van Baelen
Langue anglais
Éditeur Leuven University Press
BIC Classifications thématiques HDDA Prehistoric archaeology
Date de première publication du titre 30 avril 2017
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: J
ONIX Adult Audience Rating      02 Avertissement de contenu
Support Livre broché
Nb de pages
ISBN-10 9462700982
ISBN-13 9789462700987
Référence 121250-83
Date de publication 30 avril 2017
Format 21 x 29,7 cm
Poids 300 gr
Prix 59,50 €

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