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Title: The Middle-to-Upper Paleolithic transition occupations from Cova Foradada (Calafell, NE Iberia)
Author: Morales Hidalgo, Juan Ignacio
Cebrià, Artur
Burguet Coca, Aitor
Fernández Marchena, Juan Luis
García Argudo, Gala
Rodríguez Hidalgo, Antonio
Soto, María
Talamo, Sahra
Tejero Cáceres, José Miguel
Vallverdú, Josep
Fullola Pericot, Josep M. (Josep Maria), 1953-
Keywords: Paleolític
Home de Neandertal
Calafell (Catalunya)
Paleolithic period
Stratigraphic geology
Calafell (Catalonia)
Issue Date: 16-May-2019
Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Abstract: The Middle-to-Upper Paleolithic transition in Europe covers the last millennia of Neanderthal life together with the appearance and expansion of Modern Human populations. Culturally, it is defined by the Late Middle Paleolithic succession, and by Early Upper Paleolithic complexes like the Châtelperronian (southwestern Europe), the Protoaurignacian, and the Early Aurignacian. Up to now, the southern boundary for the transition has been established as being situated between France and Iberia, in the Cantabrian façade and Pyrenees. According to this, the central and southern territories of Iberia are claimed to have been the refuge of the last Neanderthals for some additional millennia after they were replaced by anatomically Modern Humans on the rest of the continent. In this paper, we present the Middle-to-Upper Paleolithic transition sequence from Cova Foradada (Tarragona), a cave on the Catalan Mediterranean coastline. Archaeological research has documented a stratigraphic sequence containing a succession of very short-term occupations pertaining to the Châtelperronian, Early Aurignacian, and Gravettian. Cova Foradada therefore represents the southernmost Châtelperronian-Early Aurignacian sequence ever documented in Europe, significantly enlarging the territorial distribution of both cultures and providing an important geographical and chronological reference for understanding Neanderthal disappearance and the complete expansion of anatomically Modern Humans.
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It is part of: PLoS One, 2019, vol. 14, num. e0215832, p. 1-41
ISSN: 1932-6203
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