Shifts in Neandertal mobility, technology and subsistence strategies in western France

  • Delagnes A
  • Rendu W
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We propose a reassessment of Neandertal mobility strategies by crossing technological and zooarchaeological data. A broad comparative approach to the Middle Paleolithic series from western France shows that the Levallois and laminar flaking systems, the Mousterian of Acheulian Tradition (MTA) shaping system and the Quina and discoidal-denticulate flaking systems, vary significantly in terms of duration of reduction sequences, blank versatility and tool maintenance. These technological systems, which prevail in this context over different time periods, reflect distinct mobility strategies as a response to differing hunting practices. This new approach to Middle Paleolithic technologies and related mobility patterns gives new insights into Mousterian diversity. It also highlights the determinant role played by large game hunting strategies in the organization of late Neandertal societies. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Hunting strategies
  • Lithic technology
  • Middle Paleolithic
  • Mobility
  • Neandertal
  • Western France
  • Zooarchaeology

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