Level 5 of the Mutzig l site is the richest stratum with many lithic and bone remains. The faunal spectrum, where reindeer and horse are dominant, characterizes a Mammoth Steppe and a climate with severe winters and humid summers. This formation dates to the beginning of the Middle Glacial, contemporary with isotopie stage 3. Taphonomic and palethnographic studies
clearly show that Neandertal hunted solitary animals or small herds during the summer period.
Alsace, Middle Palaeolithic, isotopic stage 3, taphonomy, hunting.