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An Early Upper Palaeolithic Stone Tool Assemblage from Mughr El-Hamamah, Jordan: An Interim Report
Stony Brook University, USA.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4704-636X
Emory University, USA.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7932-2771
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0575-7075
2019 (English)In: Journal of field archaeology, ISSN 0093-4690, E-ISSN 2042-4582Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Mughr el-Hamamah (Jordan) Layer B contains an Early Upper Palaeolithic stone tool assemblage dating to around 39–45 kya cal b.p. This assemblage is unusual in that it samples human forager activities around the ecotone between the Transjordanian Plateau and the palaeo-lake (Lake Lisan) that filled much of the Jordan Valley during Late Pleistocene times. This paper describes that assemblage, comparing it to other Levantine Upper Palaeolithic assemblages of equivalent antiquity. The Mughr el-Hamamah Layer B assemblage appears most similar to Early Ahmarian assemblages, but it departs from typical such assemblages in ways that may reflect local conditions’ influence on human activities carried out in and near the cave. Mughr el-Hamamah raises new questions about changes in residential mobility, off-site provisioning and foraging activity, and on-site task diversity in the Early Upper Palaeolithic period.

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Taylor & Francis, 2019.
Keywords [en]
Upper Palaeolithic, Levant, Jordan, stone tools, Ahmarian
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Archaeology
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Humanities, Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-89041DOI: 10.1080/00934690.2019.1655519ISI: 000485780300001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-89041DiVA, id: diva2:1350069
Note

This work was supported by the Oxford College of Emory University; Gregory-Rackley Career Development Award to A. J. Stutz; NSF High Risk Research in Anthropology Grant (#1025352); L. S. B. Leakey Foundation; Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research; and 65 backers of the crowdfunded project, “How Did Palaeolithic Hunter-Gatherers Use and Consume Plant Resources in Eurasia” on Experiment.com (https://doi.org/10.18258/9109).

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