Mohelno - A terminal Last Glacial Maximum industry with microlithic tools made on carenoidal blanks

Petr Škrdla*, Ladislav Nejman, Jaroslav Bartík, Tereza Rychtaříková, Pavel Nikolajev, Jan Eigner, Miriam Nývltová Fišáková, Jan Novák, Michaela Polanská

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    Abstract

    Mohelno-Plevovce is a recently discovered Epigravettian site in the Czech-Moravian Highlands dated to the Last Glacial Maximum. The site is located on the shores of a water reservoir and remains of human habitation are continually eroding due to constantly fluctuating water levels. Several aspects of this site are notably unique in this region, including two stone structures interpreted as floor pavements of dwelling structures and microlithic implements. These particular microliths are previously unknown in this region, but they are very similar to other assemblages in distant parts of Europe. Raw materials for lithic artifacts associated with the stone structures were obtained locally as well as from distant sources up to 300 km from the site. Ochre, faunal remains and charcoal were also recovered and analyses of these remains indicate a cold, dry climate in an almost treeless landscape. Mohelno-Plevovce represents a rare insight into human habitation of a very sparsely populated central Europe during the LGM.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)184-194
    Number of pages11
    JournalQuaternary International
    Volume406
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2016

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