Another Side of the Amudian Industry at Qesem Cave, Israel: The Southern Area Lithic Assemblage

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Abstract

This paper describes the techno-typological affinities of a specific Acheulo-Yabrudian lithic assemblage dated to over 300 ka years ago from Qesem Cave, a middle Pleistocene site in central Israel. Aspects of blade production, knapping trajectories, and lithic recycling are examined in detail, demonstrating that this assemblage, notwithstanding its initial attribution to the blade-dominated Amudian industry, has some specific characteristics differing from other Amudian assemblages in the cave. The study discusses similarities and differences within the Amudian industry and offers a broader view of the variability within the Amudian industry of Qesem Cave.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-178
Number of pages18
JournalLithic Technology
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Oct 2017

Keywords

  • Acheulo-Yabrudian cultural complex
  • Amudian industry
  • Qesem Cave
  • lithic analysis
  • variability

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