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H 245 x W 174 mm

216 pages

84 figures, 54 tables (52 pages in colour)

Published Jul 2021

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789699340

Digital: 9781789699357

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Lower Paleolithic; Acheulo-Yabrudian; Levant; Lithic procurement strategies; Lithic exploitation; Israel

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Flint Procurement and Exploitation Strategies in the Late Lower Paleolithic Levant

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This volume examines patterns of flint procurement and exploitation at the Acheulo-Yabrudian site Qesem Cave, Israel. The results show how flint had a major impact on early human decision-making and social and cultural lifeways during the Late Lower Paleolithic of the Levant.



List of Figures ;

List of Tables ;

Acknowledgments ;

Introduction ;
Introduction ;
The archaeological contexts ;
The Acheulo-Yabrudian cultural complex ;
Qesem Cave ;
Geological background ;
Archaeological raw material studies ;

Materials and Methods ;
Materials ;
Methods ;

The Blind Test Evaluation ;
Blind test evaluation of consistency in macroscopic lithic raw material sorting ;
The rationale behind the blind test ;
The blind test – materials and methods ;
Blind test results ;
The significance of the blind test ;
Conclusions and implication of the blind test ;

Data Analysis ;
Results ;
The potential flint sources ;
Petrographic data ;
Geochemical analysis ;
The assignment of the QC flint types to potential geologic origins ;
Data analysis ;

Discussion and Conclusions ;

Appendix ;
The QC flint types ;
The QC groups of flint types ;
The identified potential flint sources ;


About the Author

Aviad Agam is a researcher at Tel Aviv University, Israel. He specializes in lithic technology, strategies of lithic procurement and exploitation during Paleolithic and Neolithic times, the use of fire among early humans, and human-proboscidea relations during prehistory. He is a team member of projects at the Acheulo-Yabrudian site Qesem Cave (Israel, 420,000-200,000 years before the present day) and the Late Acheulian sites Revadim and Jaljulia (both in Israel, ~500,000 years before the present day).


'...this book is another important piece of the puzzle in our effort to reconstruct the lithic landscape of the southern Levant and, with its abundant illustrations, it therefore is an important reference work.' – Christophe Delage (2023): Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies Volume 11, Issue 1