Variability of lunates and changes in projectile weapons technology during the Natufian

Mina Evron, Alla Yaroshevich, Daniel Kaufman, Dmitri Nuzhnyy, Ofer Bar-Yosef

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The role of microlithic lunates as type fossils of the Natufian and the importance of their technological and metrical characteristics for the temporal sub-division of the culture were established by Garrod based on her excavations in Shukba Cave and el-Wad Cave and Terrace, and described in the very first account of the culture (Garrod 1932). While the deposits at Shukba Cave provided almost entirely lunates with abrupt retouch, the excavations in el-Wad Cave and Terrace resulted in the occurrence of two phases, Early and Late Natufian, the former characterized by lunates with bifacial (Helwan) retouch and the latter dominated by...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNatufian Foragers in the Levant: Terminal Pleistocene Social Changes in Western Asia
EditorsOfer Bar-Yosef , François R. Valla
PublisherAnn Arbor: International Monographs in Prehistory, Archaeological Series
StatePublished - 2013


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