Ancient hunters, modern butchers : Schöningen 13II - 4, a kill-butchery site dating from the northwest European Lower Palaeolithic

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Ancient hunters, modern butchers : Schöningen 13II - 4, a kill-butchery site dating from the northwest European Lower Palaeolithic

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Ancient hunters, modern butchers : Schöningen 13II - 4, a kill-butchery site dating from the northwest European Lower Palaeolithic
Author: Voormolen, Boudewijn
Publisher: Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2008-03-19
Keywords: Palaeolithic archaeology
Lower Palaeolithic
European Lower Palaeolithic
Taphonomy
Archaeozoology
Palaeolithic hunting
Early hominid subsistence behaviour
Archaeological resolution
Hunting versus scavenging debate
Abstract: The PhD thesis Ancient Hunters, Modern Butchers presents a first detailed study of bone material found together with spectacularly preserved wooden spears at the Lower Palaeolithic site of Schöningen 13II-4, in Germany. Analysis of a large sample of bone remains from this site revealed data being very relevant to the hunting versus scavenging debate in Palaeolithic archaeology. Excellent conservation of the bone material facilitated a thorough documentation of butchery traces and the reconstruction of early hominid subsistence behaviour at the site. The author argues that Schöningen 13II-4 represents a Lower Palaeolithic kill-butchery site where especially horses have been killed and butchered for multiple animal products. The results of this study seriously question the validity of models on marginal, more scavenging like Lower Palaeolithic hominid subsistence behaviour.
Description: Promotor: W. Roebroeks, Co-promotor: T. van Kolfschoten
With Summary in Dutch
A print version of this thesis is available (against expenses) at: info@openbaarerfgoed.nl
Faculty: Faculty of Archeology
Citation: Voormolen, B., 2008, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
ISBN: 9789090228303
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/12661
 

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