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Early Upper Paleolithic in Eastern Europe and implications for the dispersal of modern humans

Anikovich, MV; Sinitsyn, AA; Hoffecker, JF; Holliday, VT; Popov, VV; Lisitsyn, SN; Forman, SL; ... Praslov, ND; + view all (2007) Early Upper Paleolithic in Eastern Europe and implications for the dispersal of modern humans. SCIENCE , 315 (5809) 223 - 226. 10.1126/science.1133376.

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Abstract

Radiocarbon and optically stimulated luminescence dating and magnetic stratigraphy indicate Upper Paleolithic occupation-probably representing modern humans-at archaeological sites on the Don River in Russia 45,000 to 42,000 years ago. The oldest levels at Kostenki underlie a volcanic ash horizon identified as the Campanian Ignimbrite Y5 tephra that is dated elsewhere to about 40,000 years ago. The occupation layers contain bone and ivory artifacts, including possible figurative art, and fossil shells imported more than 500 kilometers. Thus, modern humans appeared on the central plain of Eastern Europe as early as anywhere else in northern Eurasia.

Type: Article
Title: Early Upper Paleolithic in Eastern Europe and implications for the dispersal of modern humans
DOI: 10.1126/science.1133376
Keywords: CALIBRATION, DATES
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/128059
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