L'industrie microlithique du Paléolithique inférieur de Bizat Ruhama, Israël

Translated title of the contribution: The Lower Palaeolithic microlithic industry of Bizat Ruhama, Israel

Yossi Zaidner, Avraham Ronen, Jan Michal Burdukiewicz

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Bizat Ruhama is a lower Palaeolithic site in the southern coastal plain of Israel. The site was recently dated to ca. 1ma. In terms of lithic industry, Bizat Ruhama is a unique phenomenon amongst the Lower Palaeolithic sites in the Levant. The lithic assemblage of the site is characterized by the production of small (ca. 25mm) tools, flakes and cores. An in-depth technotypological study was made in attempt to reconstruct the production mode of these artifacts. The results presented here reveal a well-developed cognitive production process, which includes selection of special-sized raw material, production of desired blanks and their subsequent shaping into tools. The implications of this study contribute significantly to our understanding of the phenomenon of lower Palaeolithic microlithic industries in Eurasia.

Translated title of the contributionThe Lower Palaeolithic microlithic industry of Bizat Ruhama, Israel
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)203-222
Number of pages20
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2003


  • Israël
  • Lower Palaeolithic
  • Monolithic assemblage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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