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By Brooke S. Blades

Drawing info from a vintage area for Paleolithic study in Europe, this booklet explores how early smooth people bought lithic uncooked fabrics and analyzes different usage styles for in the community to be had fabrics in comparison with these from a better distance. The writer locates those styles inside of an ecological context and argues that early sleek people chosen particular mobility techniques to accommodate adjustments in subsistence environments.

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Finished tools dominated the collections of distant materials, which suggested to Wilmsen that these tools had been imported and only resharpened on site. Explanations for the manner in which distant materials were procured and transported by Paleoindian groups reflect the interpretive debate discussed in the previous section. The movement of materials over distances which in a few instances exceeded 1000 km (Tankersley 1991) during the early Paleoindian period has been viewed as a reflection of mobile "colonizing" groups within North America (Kelly and Todd 1988).

5. Pleistocene Models and the Old World Paleolithic Much of Chapter 3 is devoted to an examination of recent scholarship on the study and interpretation of raw material patterns in the Périgord and surrounding areas, so a limited number of relevant Pleistocene examples will be discussed at this point. For example, Middle Paleolithic assemblage variability in the Levant of southwestern Asia has often been interpreted as reflecting group mobility. Analyses are particularly relevant to this study since relative degrees of movement have been inferred from lithic technology and typology as well as faunal and paleoenvironmental data.

La Ferrassie The archaeological loci at La Ferrassie are located between the town of Le Bugue and the village of Savignac, north of and approximately 4 km from the Vézère River. Various Paleolithic occupation sites are found in the vicinity, including a small shelter site with Mousterian (Middle Paleolithic) artifacts and a cave with Aurignacian and Perigordian levels, but le grand abri or the large shelter is the most important site and the subject of interest to this study (Delporte 1984a). The large shelter lies at the base of a limestone cliff and faces in a southern direction.

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