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This booklet offers a precis of the discoveries made in the course of the process excavations on the Paleolithic cave website of Fontéchevade, France, among 1994 and 1998. The excavation staff used glossy box and analytic the right way to handle significant difficulties raised by means of previous excavations on the website from 1937 to 1954. those prior excavations produced units of knowledge which have been frustrating in mild of knowledge from different ecu Paleolithic websites: first, the decrease Paleolithic stone device undefined, the Tayacian, that differs in primary methods from different modern industries and, moment, the human cranium fragment that has been interpreted as glossy in nature yet that it seems that dates from the final interglacial, lengthy ahead of there's any proof for people from the other web site in Europe. through using sleek stratigraphic, lithic, faunal, geological, geophysical, and radiometric analyses, the interdisciplinary group demonstrates that the Tayacian "industry" is a manufactured from web site formation techniques and that the particular age of the Fontéchevade I fossil is suitable with different facts for the coming of contemporary people in Europe.

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3 in this book) consists of a fragment of frontal that includes glabella, the medial portion of the left superciliary arch, and a small part of the squamous portion above these. What is remarkable about this piece, given its presumed age, is the complete absence of a frontal torus. This, as well as the thinness of the squamous portion, gives it a very modern appearance. Font´echevade II (see Fig. 5 in this book) consists of the upper part of the frontal bone and portions of the left and right parietals and is much more consistent with what is known about Neanderthal cranial variation.

D28-XXHSX), as described previously. The sediment was then wet-screened through 2-mm and 5-mm meshes into two fractions, and the artifactual material was bagged by material type (bone vs. stone) and by fraction with the unit-id of the bucket. This system was used in contrast to the traditional practice of bagging small finds by quarter meter square for two reasons. First, it facilitates excavation over an area because unit boundaries can be ignored. As artifacts are located, the total station automatically places them in the appropriate unit, and the data collection software assigns the next available id number for that unit.

0 m, she recovered numerous bones that showed no trace of displacement (Henri-Martin 1957:55–56). 8 Longitudinal section of Font´echevade showing the extent of Henri-Martin’s excavations and the locations of Font´echevade I and Font´echevade II. ) THE PLEISTOCENE HUMAN REMAINS FROM FONT E´ CHEVADE Two important discoveries of Pleistocene hominid remains, generally 16 introduction and background referred to as Font´echevade I and II, were made at the site in 1947. Font´echevade I was discovered in the laboratory in a block of breccia.

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