The early Upper Paleolithic beyond Western Europe

P. Jeffrey Brantingham, Steven L. Kuhn, Kristopher W. Kerry

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Abstract

This volume brings together prominent archaeologists working in areas outside Western Europe to discuss the most recent evidence for the origins of the early Upper Paleolithic and its relationship to the origin of modern humans. With a wealth of primary data from archaeological sites and regions that have never before been published and discussions of materials from difficult-to-find sources, the collection urges readers to reconsider the process of modern human behavioral origins. Archaeological evidence continues to play a critical role in debates over the origins of anatomically modern humans. The appearance of novel Upper Paleolithic technologies, new patterns of land use, expanded social networks, and the emergence of complex forms of symbolic communication point to a behavioral revolution beginning sometime around 45,000 years ago. Until recently, most of the available evidence for this revolution derived from Western European archaeological contexts that suggested an abrupt replacement of Mousterian Middle Paleolithic with Aurignacian Upper Paleolithic adaptations. In the absence of fossil association, the behavioral transition was thought to reflect the biological replacement of archaic hominid populations by intrusive modern humans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUniversity of California Press
ISBN (Print)0520238516, 9780520238510
StatePublished - Jun 2 2004

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    Brantingham, P. J., Kuhn, S. L., & Kerry, K. W. (2004). The early Upper Paleolithic beyond Western Europe. University of California Press.