publication . Article . 2020

Heating histories and taphonomy of ancient fireplaces: A multi-proxy case study from the Upper Palaeolithic sequence of Abri Pataud (Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, France)

F. Braadbaart; Femke H. Reidsma; Wil Roebroeks; L. Chiotti; Viviane Slon; Matthias Meyer; Isabelle Théry-Parisot; A. van Hoesel; K.G.J. Nierop; Joeri Kaal; ...
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  • Published: 01 Oct 2020 Journal: Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, volume 33, page 102,468 (issn: 2352-409X, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
While the use of fire has long been recognised as a crucial innovation in the cultural evolution of humankind, much research has focused on the (debated) chronology of its earliest use and control, and less on the ways in which fire was used in the deep past. At its latest by the Upper Palaeolithic, hunter-gatherers routinely used fire to heat a wide range of materials, adjusting parameters like temperature, exposure time and fuel type to the specific requirements of the treated materials, for instance in food preparation or tool production. Comparing analyses of the chemical and physical properties of modern materials, heated under a range of controlled conditi...
free text keywords: [SHS.ARCHEO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Archaeology and Prehistory, Fire use, Fireplaces, Upper Palaeolithic, Fuel, Chronology, Diagenesis, Excavation, Taphonomy, Archaeology, Sedimentary rock, Geology, Hearth, Aurignacian, Rock shelter
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EC| 100 Archaic Genomes
100 Archaic Genomes
Genome sequences from extinct hominins
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 694707
  • Funding stream: H2020 | ERC | ERC-ADG
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