Le paléolithique supérieur au sud du Portugal: le site de Vale Boi

Translated title of the contribution: Upper Paleolithic in the south of Portugal: The site of Vale Boi

Nuno Ferreira Bicho, Juan Francisco Gibaja, Mary C Stiner, Tiina Manne

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Before the 90s, data on Paleolithic human occupation of southern Portugal was very scarce. During the last decade, the knowledge of the Upper Paleolithic of Algarve increased substantially due to the work of a research team based at the University of Algarve. The present paper is a report on the recent results from Algarve, focusing specially on the site of Vale Boi. It will present the chronology and stratigraphy of different human occupations from the early Upper Paleolithic up to the early Neolithic. It will focus on aspects of zooarchaeology and the exploitation of large and medium mammals as well as on marine fauna. In addition, we will present new data on stone and bone tools. Finally, we will also refer to the social and symbolic aspects present at the site, base on shell and teeth pendants and to an engraved plaquette with animal motifs.

Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)48-67
Number of pages20
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010



  • Algarve
  • Gravettian
  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Lithic tools
  • Solutrean
  • Southern Portugal
  • Upper Paleolithic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology

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