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Type: Journal article
Title: First evidence of an extensive Acheulean large cutting tool accumulation in Europe from Porto Maior (Galicia, Spain)
Author: Méndez-Quintas, E.
Santonja, M.
Pérez-González, A.
Duval, M.
Demuro, M.
Arnold, L.
Citation: Scientific Reports, 2018; 8(1):3082-1-3082-13
Publisher: Springer Nature Publishing AG
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 2045-2322
2045-2322
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E. Méndez-Quintas, M. Santonja, A. Pérez-González, M. Duval, M. Demuro & L.J. Arnold
Abstract: We describe a European Acheulean site characterised by an extensive accumulation of large cutting tools (LCT). This type of Lower Paleolithic assemblage, with dense LCT accumulations, has only been found on the African continent and in the Near East until now. The identification of a site with large accumulations of LCTs favours the hypothesis of an African origin for the Acheulean of Southwest Europe. The lithic tool-bearing deposits date back to 293-205 thousand years ago. Our chronological findings confirm temporal overlap between sites with clear "African" Acheulean affinities and Early Middle Paleolithic sites found elsewhere in the region. These complex technological patterns could be consistent with the potential coexistence of different human species in south-western Europe during the Middle Pleistocene.
Keywords: Animals; Hominidae; Humans; Archaeology; Fossils; Technology; History, Ancient; Europe; Spain; Tool Use Behavior
Rights: © The Author(s) 2018. Open Access This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons license and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
RMID: 0030083124
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-21320-1
Grant ID: http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/FT150100215
http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DE160100743
http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/FT130100195
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