Investigating the Aurignacian/Gravettian Transition in the Bistriţa Valley (NE-Romania)

  • Leif Steguweit


Our understanding of the Aurignacian/Gravettian transition has changed focus during the last decade: while former investigations mainly tried to define technotypological units of artefact types and their evolutionary macrotrends, the evaluation of geoscientific data in improved chronological frameworks now provide surprising potential. Specifying the data record can at the very least contribute to the question of a possible “late Aurignacian” or “Epi-Aurignacian” (Kozlowski 1996, 1999) in Eastern Europe, and may even offer some new scenarios of that cultural change.


Last Glacial Maximum Palaeolithic Site Siliceous Sandstone Campanian Ignimbrite Loess Sequence 
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I am very grateful to the whole Romanian-German team working in the Bistriţa Valley. Especially I want to thank Marin Cârciumaru and Mircea Anghelinu with their team from the University of Targoviste (Romania) for their close and friendly collaboration. At the same time I want to thank Ulrich Hambach from the University of Bayreuth (Germany) for his support concerning geology. Since 2006, the fieldwork has been supported by the German Science Foundation. A “thank you” to all students who participated in the fieldwork, and to Linda Owen for supporting me with the translation. Last but not least, I want to thank Marta Camps and Parth R. Cauhan for the fruitful UISPP colloquium in Lisbon.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Ur- und FrühgeschichteUniversität of Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany

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