The Middle Paleolithic Site of Pech de l'Azé IV

  • Harold L. Dibble
  • Shannon J. P. McPherron
  • Paul Goldberg
  • Dennis M. Sandgathe

Part of the Cave and Karst Systems of the World book series (CAKASYWO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Dennis M. Sandgathe, Harold L. Dibble, Shannon J. P. McPherron, Paul Goldberg
    Pages 1-19
  3. Paul Goldberg, Shannon J. P. McPherron, Harold L. Dibble, Dennis M. Sandgathe
    Pages 21-74
  4. Nathan R. Jankowski
    Pages 75-81
  5. Shannon J. P. McPherron, Harold L. Dibble, Dennis M. Sandgathe, Paul Goldberg, Sam C. Lin, Alain Turq
    Pages 117-219
  6. Harold L. Dibble, Shannon J. P. McPherron, Paul Goldberg, Dennis M. Sandgathe
    Pages 221-227
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 229-236

About this book


This book provides comprehensive information on the materials excavated at Pech de l’Azé IV, both by the original excavator François Bordes in the 1970s, and more recently by the authors and their scientific team. Applying a range of new excavation and analytical techniques, it presents detailed material on the formation of the site, its chronology and the nature of the hominin occupations. Pech de l’Azé IV is part of a complex of Lower and Middle Paleolithic cave sites in the Dordogne Valley of southwestern France. Although this region is well known for its rich concentration of Paleolithic sites since the mid-19th century and many of the sites have been repeatedly excavated, no detailed studies have fully documented the stone tool technology and faunal remains or the changes in them over time. The site was regularly occupied by groups of Neanderthals from approximately 100,000 to 40,000 years ago, during which time global-scale changes transformed the region from a relatively warm climate (similar to today’s) to a very cold, glacial one. The site provides valuable insights into changes in Neanderthal behavior that reflect, at least in part, their adaptation to changes in the environment and the availability of important resources, such as prey species.


Cave Sites in the Dordogne Valley Geoarchaeology and Site Formation Processes Lithic Analyses Middle Palaeolithic Neanderthals Pech de l'Azé IV Stone Tool Technology Zooarchaeology

Editors and affiliations

  • Harold L. Dibble
    • 1
  • Shannon J. P. McPherron
    • 2
  • Paul Goldberg
    • 3
  • Dennis M. Sandgathe
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Human EvolutionMax Planck Institute for Evolutionary AnthropologyLeipzigGermany
  3. 3.Department of ArchaeologyBoston UniversityBostonUSA
  4. 4.Department of Archaeology and Human Evolution Studies ProgramSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-57522-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-57524-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-4591
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-4605
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