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  Constraining the chronology and ecology of Late Acheulean and Middle Palaeolithic occupations at the margins of the monsoon

Blinkhorn, J., Achyuthan, H., Durcan, J., Roberts, P., & Ilgner, J. (2021). Constraining the chronology and ecology of Late Acheulean and Middle Palaeolithic occupations at the margins of the monsoon. Scientific Reports, 11(1): 19665. doi:10.1038/s41598-021-98897-7.

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Blinkhorn, James1, Author              
Achyuthan, Hema, Author
Durcan, Julie, Author
Roberts, Patrick2, Author              
Ilgner, Jana2, Author              
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1Lise Meitner Pan-African Evolution Research Group, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_3033582              
2Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2074312              

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Free keywords: Archaeology, Palaeoecology
 Abstract: South Asia hosts the world’s youngest Acheulean sites, with dated records typically restricted to sub-humid landscapes. The Thar Desert marks a major adaptive boundary between monsoonal Asia to the east and the Saharo-Arabian desert belt to the west, making it a key threshold to examine patterns of hominin ecological adaptation and its impacts on patterns of behaviour, demography and dispersal. Here, we investigate Palaeolithic occupations at the western margin of the South Asian monsoon at Singi Talav, undertaking new chronometric, sedimentological and palaeoecological studies of Acheulean and Middle Palaeolithic occupation horizons. We constrain occupations of the site between 248 and 65 thousand years ago. This presents the first direct palaeoecological evidence for landscapes occupied by South Asian Acheulean-producing populations, most notably in the main occupation horizon dating to 177 thousand years ago. Our results illustrate the potential role of the Thar Desert as an ecological, and demographic, frontier to Palaeolithic populations.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2021-10-05
 Publication Status: Published online
 Pages: 14
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 Table of Contents: Results
- Sediment sequence.
- Luminescence dating.
- Palaeoenvironmental studies.
- Lithic artefacts.
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-98897-7
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Title: Scientific Reports
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Publ. Info: London, UK : Nature Publishing Group
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 11 (1) Sequence Number: 19665 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 2045-2322
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/2045-2322