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October 13, 2011

Palaeontology Seminar


How to interpret the Schöningen Palaeolithic archaeozoological record – facts and speculations

Thijs van Kolfschoten
Faculty of Archaeology,Leiden University
The Netherlands


Monday 17th October
Dorothea Bate Room, Palaeontology Department,
11:00 - 12:00


In the past two decades a number of Palaeolithic sites and horizons in the Schöningen lignite mining area (Germany) have been excavated. Spectacular finds include a number of 300-400,000 year old wooden hunting spears associated with butchered large mammal bones. During the past 2-3 years most of the excavated finds (e.g. > 20.000 large mammal remains) have been identified and recorded. It is now time to work on the interpretation and to unravel the complex history of the sites. This talk summarizes the preliminary results and presents interpretations of early human behaviour at the sites.


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