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Beyond the Problem of Bone Surface Preservation in Taphonomic Studies of Early and Middle Pleistocene Open-Air Sites.

dc.contributor.authorPineda Lucena, Antonio
dc.contributor.authorSaladié, Palmira
dc.date.accessioned2023-06-22T10:44:17Z
dc.date.available2023-06-22T10:44:17Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.descriptionCRUE-CSIC (Acuerdos Transformativos 2022)
dc.description.abstractA commonly identified problem in open-air sites is the poor preservation of bone surfaces because of the multiple agents and processes that act on them. In these assemblages, surface modifications of anthropic origin can be scarce or null, and its activity is mainly inferred through the stone tools and evidence of anthropogenic breakage. Carnivore activity is also frequent. La Mina and El Forn (Barranc de la Boella), Isernia La Pineta, and Torralba are open-air assemblages from the Early and Middle Pleistocene that have contributed to our knowledge of the activities that Lower Paleolithic hominins developed in open spaces. These sites show poorly preserved bone surfaces, evidence of carnivore activity, and few indications of human use on the faunal remains, although stone tools recovered are unequivocal sign of a hominin presence at those sites. Here, we present a synthesis of the taphonomic conducted at these sites with the aim of describing how this kind of work can be conducted at Paleolithic open-air sites using several different proxies, considering the limitations commonly identified in assemblages with poorly preserved bone surfaces. The absence or scarcity of cut marks could be related to the poor preservation of the faunal remains. However, it is impossible to affirm that any such marks were originally present, as hominins may have performed activities not linked to animal carcasses. Anatomical profiles have been presented as a useful tool for reconstructing the paleoecological environments and for allowing inferences to be made about the levels of competition among large predators. The assemblages reflect similarities in the deposition type of the remains and the use of these open spaces by hominins at different times during the Lower Paleolithic.
dc.description.departmentDepto. de Prehistoria, Historia Antigua y Arqueología
dc.description.facultyFac. de Geografía e Historia
dc.description.refereedTRUE
dc.description.sponsorshipMinisterio de Ciencia e Innovación (MICINN)
dc.description.sponsorshipUnidad de Excelencia María de Maeztu
dc.description.sponsorshipGeneralitat de Catalunya
dc.description.statuspub
dc.eprint.idhttps://eprints.ucm.es/id/eprint/72550
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10816-022-09550-0
dc.identifier.issn1072-5369
dc.identifier.officialurlhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10816-022-09550-0
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14352/71549
dc.journal.titleJournal of Archaeological Method and Theory
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherSpringer
dc.relation.projectID(PGC2018-093925-B-C32/MICIU); (FJC2019-040804-I, Subprograma Juan de la Cierva-Formación)
dc.relation.projectID(CEX2019-000945-M).
dc.relation.projectID2017 SGR-1040.
dc.rightsAtribución 3.0 España
dc.rights.accessRightsopen access
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/es/
dc.subject.cdu56:591
dc.subject.keywordYacimientos arqueológicos
dc.subject.keywordPaleolítico
dc.subject.keywordPleistoceno
dc.subject.keywordconservación huesos
dc.subject.keywordBarranc de la Boella
dc.subject.keywordIsernia la Pineta
dc.subject.keywordTorralba
dc.subject.ucmArqueología
dc.subject.ucmPrehistoria
dc.subject.unesco5505.01 Arqueología
dc.subject.unesco5504.05 Prehistoria
dc.titleBeyond the Problem of Bone Surface Preservation in Taphonomic Studies of Early and Middle Pleistocene Open-Air Sites.
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