Non-biface assemblages in Middle Pleistocene Western Europe. A comparative study


Fluck, Hannah Louise (2011) Non-biface assemblages in Middle Pleistocene Western Europe. A comparative study. University of Southampton, School of Humanities, Doctoral Thesis , 340pp.

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This thesis presents the results of an investigation into the Clactonian assemblages of Middle Pleistocene souther Britain. By exploring other non-biface assemblages (NBAs) reported from elsewhere in Europe it seeks to illuminate our understanding of the British assemblages by viewing them in a wider context. It sets out how the historical and geopolitical context of Palaeolithic research has influenced what is investigated and how, as well as interpretations of assemblages without handaxes. A comparative study of the assemblages themselves based upon primary data gathered specifically for that purpose concludes that while there are a number of non-biface assemblages elsewhere in Europe the Clactonian assemblages do appear to be a phenomenon unique to the Thames Valley in early MIS 11. However, traditional explanations for this phenomenon, such as cultural variation, cultural migration and pioneer populations are challenged and a new interpretation centred on the concept of a default flaking pattern is proposed.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Archaeology
ePrint ID: 344708
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2012 12:18
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:26
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/344708

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