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A Middle Palaeolithic wooden digging stick from Aranbaltza III, Spain

Abstract: Aranbaltza is an archaeological complex formed by at least three open-air sites. Between 2014 and 2015 a test excavation carried out in Aranbaltza III revealed the presence of a sand and clay sedimentary sequence formed in floodplain environments, within which six sedimentary units have been identified. This sequence was formed between 137±50 ka, and includes several archaeological horizons, attesting to the long-term presence of Neanderthal communities in this area. One of these horizons, corresponding with Unit 4, yielded two wooden tools. One of these tools is a beveled pointed tool that was shaped through a complex operational sequence involving branch shaping, bark peeling, twig removal, shaping, polishing, thermal exposition and chopping. A use-wear analysis of the tool shows it to have traces related with digging soil so it has been interpreted as representing a digging stick. This is the first time such a tool has been identified in a European Late Middle Palaeolithic context; it also represents one of the first well-preserved Middle Palaeolithic wooden tool found in southern Europe. This artefact represents one of the few examples available of wooden tool preservation for the European Palaeolithic, allowing us to further explore the role wooden technologies played in Neanderthal communities.

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 Autoría: Rios-Garaizar J., López-Bultó O., Iriarte E., Pérez-Garrido C., Piqué R., Aranburu A., Iriarte-Chiapusso M.J., Ortega-Cordellat I., Bourguignon L., Garate D., Libano I.,

 Fuente: PLoS ONE 13(3): e0195044

Editorial: Public Library of Science

 Fecha de publicación: 01/03/2018

Nº de páginas: 15

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0195044

ISSN: 1932-6203

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0195044

Autores/as

JOSEBA RIOS GARAIZAR

LÓPEZ BULTÓ, ORIOL

ENEKO IRIARTE AVILES

PIQUÉ, RAQUEL

ARAMBURU, ARANTXA

IRIARTE CHIAPUSSO, MARÍA JOSÉ

ILUMINADA ORTEGA CORDELLAT

LAURENCE BOURGUIGNON

LIBANO, IÑAKI