Curation during the Middle Paleolithic: A reasonable research focus?
AuthorNash, Stephen Edward, 1964-
AdvisorJelinek, Arthur J.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractAnthony Marks' (1988) study "The Curation of Stone Tools During the Upper Pleistocene" utilized data from several Middle and Upper Paleolithic sites in the Central Negev Desert to test Binford's hypothesis that Middle Paleolithic assemblages are "expediently" produced, and Upper Paleolithic assemblages are "curated" (Marks 1988:276). The present study analyzes Marks' contribution, offers comparative data on technologically and typologically similar Middle Paleolithic assemblages from Tabun Cave in the northern Levant, and concludes that the application of these broad technological distinctions oversimplifies a complex archaeological record, and is not a very useful approach to the analysis of Middle Paleolithic assemblage variability.
Degree ProgramGraduate College