From Kostenki to Clovis

Upper Paleolithic—Paleo-Indian Adaptations

  • Olga Soffer
  • Nikolai Dmitrievich Praslov

Part of the Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology book series (IDCA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Olga Soffer, Nikolai Dmitrievich Praslov
      Pages 3-14
  3. The Upper Paleolithic Record

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-22
    2. Zoia Aleksandrovna Abramova
      Pages 85-100
    3. Lewis R. Binford
      Pages 101-124
    4. Aleksandra Aleksandrovna Krotova, Nataliia Grigor’evna Belan
      Pages 125-142
    5. Pavel Iosifovich Boriskovskij
      Pages 143-147
    6. Boris Isaakovich Guslitzer, Pavel Yurievich Pavlov
      Pages 175-188
    7. Paul M. Dolukhanov
      Pages 189-196
  4. The Paleo-Indian Record

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-198
    2. J. M. Adovasio
      Pages 199-218
    3. C. Vance Haynes Jr.
      Pages 219-236
    4. Dena F. Dincauze
      Pages 279-292
    5. David J. Meltzer
      Pages 293-310
  5. Interpreting the Records

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 311-311
    2. Clive Gamble
      Pages 313-321
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 323-334

About this book


From the American Side I went to the USSR for the first time in 1982 to attend the 11th meeting of the International Union for Quaternary research (INQUA) held at the Moscow State University. At that time relations between our two countries were anything but congenial and many restrictions were placed on our viewing the archaeological and paleontological collections and labora­ tory facilities. This was not the ideal climate for the free exchange of ideas needed for meaningful research. However, it was obvious to us that the strained relations did not extend to scientific discussions between scholars. We left that meeting well aware that if the problems of prehistoric Old World-New World relationships were to be resolved, it would eventually require cooperative research efforts within the world community of archaeologists. At that time, the pre-Clovis problem in New World archaeology was foremost in the minds of many North American researchers: tool technology and assemblages were being studied as a possible means of establishing cultural relationships across the Bering Strait, Clovis sites and mammoth kills were being looked at with new ideas for interpretation, and New World researchers realized that to resolve these questions they had to become familiar with the archaeological record of northeast Asia. A chance meeting of the writer with Olga Soffer in 1983 led to serious discussions of the sites on the Russian or East European Plain.


Late Paleolithic Vor- und Frühgeschichte holocene hunter-gatherer late pleistocene paleolithic pleistocene

Editors and affiliations

  • Olga Soffer
    • 1
  • Nikolai Dmitrievich Praslov
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.Institute of the History of Material CultureRussian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-1114-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-1112-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2722
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