Reply to the comment on “Early evidence for symbolic behavior in the Levantine Middle Paleolithic: A 120 ka old engraved aurochs bone shaft from the open-air site of Nesher Ramla, Israel [Quat. Int. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2021.01.002]”

Marion Prévost*, Yossi Zaidner

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Abstract

In our original paper we claimed for a possible symbolic value of the engraved aurochs bone shaft found at the Unit III of the Middle Paleolithic site of Nesher Ramla. In his comment to our original paper, Hodgson (2021) presents a contradictory interpretation, which mostly involved a proto-aesthetic source for early engravings. Here we clarify our point of view concerning the probable symbolic interpretation of the engraved bone and we challenge some of Hodgson's claims and arguments that neglected the archaeological and chrono-cultural contexts of this discovery.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)147-149
Number of pages3
JournalQuaternary International
Volume610
DOIs
StatePublished - 10 Feb 2022

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Keywords

  • Archaeozoology
  • Engraving
  • Middle paleolithic
  • Non-utilitarian object
  • Symbolism

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