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An incised shell object from Baradostian (Early Upper Palaeolithic) layers in Shanidar Cave, Iraqi Kurdistan

Hunt, CO and Hill, EA and Reynolds, T and Abdulmutalb, D and Farr, LR and Lane, R and Szabo, K and Barker, G (2017) An incised shell object from Baradostian (Early Upper Palaeolithic) layers in Shanidar Cave, Iraqi Kurdistan. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 14. pp. 318-322. ISSN 2352-409X

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Abstract

Shanidar Cave contains one of the most important Palaeolithic archaeological sequences in West Asia. During renewed excavations of Baradostian (Upper Palaeolithic) layers in the cave, an incised land-snail shell fragment was recovered. A natural cause seems unlikely and it does not appear likely to reflect palaeoeconomic functions. It is suggested tentatively that this may have been made during manufacture of a composite artefact designed for visual display. Although Upper Palaeolithic ornaments are often reported, composite ornaments of this period are rather unusual.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Shanidar; Upper Palaeolithic; Baradostian; Land snail; Shell artefact
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2017 10:49
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2017 11:06
DOI or Identification number: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.05.057
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6695

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