The faunal remains at Roc-de-Marsal and game exploitation in the Mousterian of Southwest France

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The faunal remains at Roc-de-Marsal and game exploitation in the Mousterian of Southwest France

Subject

S5-4. Variability in human hunting behavior during Oxygen Isotope Stages (OIS) 4/3: implications for understanding modern human origins, poster

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Abstract:

The faunal remains from the upper levels at Roc-de-Marsal are extremely abundant, with reindeer being the dominant taxon, followed by horse; other taxa are very rare. Ribs and shaft fragments are abundant, with cutmarks and fractures for marrow extraction; extremities are rare. Teeth are less abundant, but do indicate varying ages of the individuals, while fetal bones indicate late winter/early spring habitation. In the lower levels red deer and roe deer dominate and the various skeletal elements are more equally represented, though less well preserved. However, primary butchery, disarticulation of the skeletons and marrow extraction are still visible. In the upper levels hunting strategies seem to be very specialized and focused on medium-sized game. Carcass processing is also very standardized. These facts are compared with other observations obtained in the region.

Authors:

CASTEL Jean-Christophe

Affiliations

Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle de Genève, Département d’archéozoologie, CP 6434, CH-1211 Genève 6, Switzerland, jean-christophe.castel@ville-ge.ch

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Castel, Jean-Christophe

Date

August 2010

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Castel, Jean-Christophe. "The faunal remains at Roc-de-Marsal and game exploitation in the Mousterian of Southwest France ," in BoneCommons, Item #1028, http://alexandriaarchive.org/bonecommons/items/show/1028 (accessed August 7, 2020).

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