Contribution of luminescence datings to Middle East site studies and preliminary results for the Nesher Ramla site (Israel)

Gilles Guérin*, Hélène Valladas, Jean Louis Joron, Norbert Mercier, Jean Louis Reyss, Yossi Zaidner

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Abstract

After a short presentation of the thermoluminescence (TL) dating method, we propose a review of the ages obtained on heated flints coming from Middle East caves attributed to the Middle Palaeolithic period. As some of these sites have produced human fossils, the TL datings give clues to evolution of the prehistoric settlement of this region and appearance of modern man, more than 100,000 years ago. Then, we focus on the Nesher Ramla site (Judea, Israel), an exceptional open-air site that displays an extended Middle Palaeolithic stratigraphy. Preliminary TL datings of heated flints are discussed and compared to optically stimulated luminescence ages obtained on quartz grains from the archaeological levels (Zaidner et al., 2014).

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)35-45
Number of pages11
JournalAnthropologie (France)
Volume121
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2017
Externally publishedYes

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© 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS

Keywords

  • Burnt flints
  • Middle East
  • Nesher Ramla
  • Thermoluminescence

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