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Manganese coating of the Tabun faunal assemblage: Implications for modern human behaviour in the Levantine Middle Palaeolithic

Abstract: During the taphonomic and archaeozoological reappraisal of Garrod’s material from Tabun Cave (Mount Carmel, Israel) a distinctive dark colouring of bones was observed in the Level C and D assemblages. Based on several geochemical tests, the presence of insoluble manganese oxides in those coatings was confirmed. The origin of this mineral, given the geological context, could be attributed to the decomposition of large quantities of organic matter due to an intensive human occupation of the site in MIS 5. This fact reinforces the hypothesis of the existence of a larger logistic mobility around more permanent residential sites among anatomically modern humans in the Levantine Middle Palaeolithic, which constitutes early evidence of a more complex economic behaviour.

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 Autoría: Marín-Arroyo A.B., Landete-Ruiz M.D., Seva-Román R., Lewis M.D.,

 Congreso: ICAZ Taphonomy Working Group Meeting (2º : 2012 : Santander)

Editorial: Elsevier Ltd

 Año de publicación: 2014

Nº de páginas: 9

Tipo de publicación: Comunicación a Congreso

 DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2013.07.016

ISSN: 1040-6182,1873-4553

Url de la publicación: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2013.07.016