Subsistence, technology, and adaptive variation in Middle Paleolithic Italy

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This collaborative study addresses questions about variation in behaviour within the Middle Paleolithic period of west-central Italy. Analyses focus on variation in a number of dimensions of subsistence and technology, including patterns of ungulate procurement, food transport, and tactics of stone tool manufacture and use. All of these dimensions exhibit marked, possibly "vectored' change in the study area between 110 000 and 35 000 yr ago. Interpretations of the archeological data are supported by independent studies linking food search, procurement, and transport behaviors to ecological rules affecting all large terrestrial predators. The data provide important insights into the nature of adaptive "raw material' already in place during the Middle Paleolithic, the foremost conclusion of this study. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)306-339
Number of pages34
JournalAmerican Anthropologist
Volume94
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Subsistence, technology, and adaptive variation in Middle Paleolithic Italy. / Stiner, Mary C; Kuhn, Steven L.

In: American Anthropologist, Vol. 94, No. 2, 1992, p. 306-339.

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