On variability and complexity: Lessons from the levantine middle paleolithic record

Erella Hovers, Anna Belfer-Cohen

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Abstract

A century of research has led to the recognition of multiple levels of technological variability in the Levantine Middle Paleolithic (MP) that cannot be resolved through single-cause explanatory models. Recent ecological models argue for continual occupation of the region and competitive coexistence of Neanderthal and modern human populations. Current paleogenetic studies underline the feasibility of the latter scenario. The Levantine MP offers a perspective on the interface of historical circumstances and long-term evolutionary mechanisms that structured in-tandem trajectories of technological and behavioral changes as well as insights into the dynamics of nondirectional behavioral complexities in the archaeological record.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)S337-S357
JournalCurrent Anthropology
Volume54
Issue numberSUPPL8.
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Event145th Symposium of the Wenner-Gren Foundation - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 1 Jun 20128 Jun 2012

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