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#1Jarosław Wilczyński (PAN: Polish Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 10
#2Gary Haynes (UNR: University of Nevada, Reno)H-Index: 29
Last. Piotr Wojtal (PAN: Polish Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 16
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Abstract In this paper we discuss recent claims that dogs were first domesticated from wild wolves in the Middle Upper Paleolithic (MUP), about 27 ka BP. According to our data, we think the presence of large canids at the Pavlovian/MUP sites is a result of hunting specialization and not a sign of an early process of dog domestication. Our interpretation is supported by the following observations, whose implications we discuss: (1) Pavlovian faunal assemblages from seven sites in Moravia contain ...
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Abstract This article analyzes the role of the popular production and use of decorated ceramics in apparent episodes of resistance to and the ultimate collapse of central authority over the course of the seventh to fourth millennium BCE in northern Mesopotamia. In order to accomplish this goal, criteria for identifying and evaluating episodes of large-scale resistance in the archaeological record are presented. This presentation is followed by a description of three possible episodes of this nat...
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#1Bryn Letham (SFU: Simon Fraser University)H-Index: 1
#2Andrew Martindale (UBC: University of British Columbia)H-Index: 13
Last. Kenneth M. Ames (PSU: Portland State University)H-Index: 20
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Abstract We propose connections between long-term persistent use of landscapes, anthropogenic landform modifications, and the production of systems of territorial ownership/proprietorship. Exploring the case of the socio-politically complex cultures of the Northwest Coast, we argue that while tenure and proprietorship were mediated by historical precedent of use (proprietorship-through-endowment), investments in places through physical engagement with or transformation of coastal landforms could...
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#1Philip Riris (BU: Bournemouth University)H-Index: 3
#1Philip Riris (BU: Bournemouth University)
Abstract Fieldwork and desk-based research in the western Amazon basin has led to an explosive growth in the state of knowledge surrounding the pre-Columbian archaeology of this region. Previously thought to be a sparsely occupied environment, archaeologists have recorded hundreds of geometric earthworks between the Purus and Acre rivers in recent years, spurring renewed interest in understanding the distribution, age, and function of these structures. A challenge has been to identify possible r...
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#1Brad Chase (Albion College)H-Index: 4
#2David Meiggs (RIT: Rochester Institute of Technology)H-Index: 3
Last. P. Ajithprasad (MSU: Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda)H-Index: 10
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Abstract The Indus Civilization (2600–1900 BCE), South Asia’s first urban society, underwent a momentous social transformation towards the end of the third millennium BC, that culminated in urban decline, cessation of writing, and the dissolution of interregional connectivity. These changes roughly coincide with the 4.2 ka BP climate event, a period of global climate fluctuation manifest in northwestern South Asia as a decline in summer monsoon precipitation. The regions encompassed by the Indus...
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#1Abigail J. Moffett (UEA: University of East Anglia)
#2Simon Hall (UCT: University of Cape Town)H-Index: 12
Last. Shadreck Chirikure (University of Oxford)H-Index: 16
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Abstract Archaeological studies of craft production locales provide an important lens through which to evaluate the mechanisms of the political economy at different, intersecting scales. Such multi-scaler perspectives are pertinent to the study of southern Africa in the late first and early second millennium. Dominant models of the political economy of this period derive from research conducted at regional political centers, leaving critical assumptions surrounding resource mobility, access to c...
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#1Piotr Wojtal (PAN: Polish Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 16
#2Jiří Svoboda (Masaryk University)H-Index: 30
Last. Jarosław Wilczyński (PAN: Polish Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 10
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Abstract Insights into human life in Central Europe at ~30–20,000 years ago have come from studies of archaeological and paleontological materials in Czechia, Poland, and Slovakia, including assemblages from sites such as Dolni Věstonice I and II, Pavlov I, Krakow Spadzista, Jaksice II, and Moravany–Lopata II. Pavlovian mammal bone assemblages from settlements in South Moravia are dominated by small (birds, hares, foxes) and medium sized animals (wolves, reindeer, wolverines), but bones of large...
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Abstract The extraction of grease from deliberately comminuted cancellous bone is a low-return activity that has important evolutionary ramifications because it potentially constitutes an early form of resource intensification. From an archaeological standpoint, bone grease extraction is also of significance because it can substantially modify anatomical profiles. Whether this practice is a relatively recent phenomenon or has deep roots reaching back into the Paleolithic, however, remains contro...
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#1Marisa Lazzari (University of Exeter)H-Index: 7
Last. Marina Sprovieri (UNLP: National University of La Plata)H-Index: 2
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Abstract Ancient exchange practices have long been at the centre of comparative studies of social complexity. While finding valuable information, this approach has paid less attention to the multi-layered cultural understandings underpinning past transactions, ultimately diluting the power of archaeology to understand specific historical trajectories. This article examines the circulation and uses of obsidian in two sectors of the Calchaqui Valleys area of northwestern Argentina, considering con...
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