The Upper Palaeolithic

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


The beginning of the Upper Palaeolithic is a watershed in European prehistory. It is generally characterized by a number of significant changes in stone and bone technology. It also roughly coincides with the appearance of fully modern humans on the continent. However, the precise nature of both the archaeological and biological changes, as well as the relationship between the two, is much debated (Nitecki and Nitecki 1994). In order to discuss these debates and the conflicting interpretations of evidence, a simple, traditional scenario will first be briefly presented.


Glacial Maximum Archaeological Record Stone Tool Late Glacial Period Residential Camp 
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