Mousterian


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Mousterian

or

Levalloiso-Mousterian:

see Paleolithic periodPaleolithic period
or Old Stone Age,
the earliest period of human development and the longest phase of mankind's history. It is approximately coextensive with the Pleistocene geologic epoch, beginning about 2 million years ago and ending in various places between
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But the Mousterian label has been stretched so thin over the last 130 years that the term has become meaningless, Shea contends.
The two populations coexisted for the next sixty thousand years, both groups employing a similar Mousterian technology.
The brilliantly physical performers speak Mousterian, which Griffin concocted from incompatible and debunked theories of Neanderthal speech.
2012): 41 archaeological layers covering the end of the Middle Palaeolithic were identified (see Table SI in the online supplementary material), representing a series of Mousterian occupations.
Stone tools at most sites had previously been attributed to the Mousterian and Chatelperronian cultures, usually regarded as Neandertals' handiwork.
Some archaeological pieces are 3500 BC old while of artifacts of the Mousterian culture is 1400 BC.
It was discovered with artifacts from the Mousterian industry, a method of making flint tools linked with Neanderthals.
Contributors include evidence from sites in such topics as the situational behavior of the British Lower Paleolithic, truncated and faceted pieces from Jerf al-Ajla, cores-on-flakes from the Levantine Mousterian, the subtleties found in truncated and faceted pieces, carinated tools and cores and their relation to mobility, lithic barbs from Portugal's Upper Paleolithic, core-tool technologies of the early Holocene and tardiglacial periods, stone assemblages of arid Australia, materials approaches in classification, behavioral causes and archeological effects of lithic recycling, alternative typologies, and the cores, tools and priorities of lithic analysis.
4) Similarly there is good evidence of Neanderthals sacrificing a deer in a Mousterian cave shelter in Lebanon.
The European Middle Palaeolithic is often equated with the Mousterian, although it encompasses other technological styles such as the Micoquian and the Taubachian.
About 42,000 years ago, the Aurignacian culture, attributed to modern Homo sapiens, appeared in northern Italy while central Italy continued to be occupied by Neanderthals of the Mousterian culture, which had been around for at least 100,000 years.
The results challenge the widespread assumption that a gap of several thousand years existed between the end of western Europe's Mousterian culture, characterized by simple stone tools linked to the Neanderthals, and the Aurignacian entrance into the same region, says James L.