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Using Romania and Belgium as case study areas, PALMOBI brings together geochemistry, petrography, lithic technology, GIS, and environmental modelling to explore mobility during the Early Upper Palaeolithic (EUP) between 36,000 and 30,000 years ago.

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RESEARCH OBJECTIVES

Flint sourcing

In the analysed lithic assemblages, what is the geographical origin of the raw materials used for tool manufacture? Do transfer distances correlate with raw material frequencies, intensity of use and manufacture stages represented on site?

environmental modelling

Aurignacian and Gravettian hunter-gatherers faced unstable and deteriorating climatic conditions towards the Last Glacial Maximum. To what degree do EUP technological systems correspond to different risk-minimising strategies?

MOBILITY COSTS

In relation with raw material availability, difficulty of terrain and travel time, to what extent do mobility costs affect lithic resource management and overall lithic assemblage variability?

Social organisation

Is social inequality the inevitable outcome of human evolution? Why and under which circumstances did it emerge, grow, and persist (or not persist)? These are among the most challenging topics to be addressed through archaeological research.

 
RAW MATERIAL SURVEY ON THE PRUT RIVER, ROMANIA

RAW MATERIAL SURVEY ON THE PRUT RIVER, ROMANIA

FLINT ARTEFACTS ANALYSED BY LA-ICP-MS (DEPARTMENT OF EARTH SCIENCES, CAMBRIDGE)

FLINT ARTEFACTS ANALYSED BY LA-ICP-MS (DEPARTMENT OF EARTH SCIENCES, CAMBRIDGE)

STUDY OF GROTTE WALOU COLLECTIONS AT PRÉHISTOMUSEUM (RAMIOUL, BELGIUM)

STUDY OF GROTTE WALOU COLLECTIONS AT PRÉHISTOMUSEUM (RAMIOUL, BELGIUM)

 

"SOCIAL INEQUALITY BEFORE FARMING?" — CAMBRIDGE, JANUARY 21-23TH LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

 
 
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