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Early human occupations in Northwest Iberia: the archaeological record of the Lower Miño basin during the second half of the Middle Pleistocene

Eduardo MÉNDEZ-QUINTAS, Manuel SANTONJA, Alfred PÉREZ-GONZÁLEZ, Martina DEMURO, Lee J. ARNOLD & Mathieu DUVAL

en Comptes Rendus Palevol 20 (1) - Pages 1-19

Published on 11 January 2021

This article is a part of the thematic issue Palaeolithic of Northwest Iberia and beyond: multidisciplinary approaches to the analysis of Late Quaternary hunter-gatherer societies

The Miño River is one of the main Atlantic basins of Iberia and preserves extensive Pleistocene deposits. However, there is presently limited information concerning the first human occupation history of this region. Existing research undertaken across the region has identified a significant number of Large Flake Acheulean (LFA) sites with African affinities. These sites are associated with former fluvial environments and are now preserved as a sequence of fluvial terraces along the Miño River, located between relative elevations of + 40 m and + 20 m, and dated to between Marine Isotope Stages (MIS) 9 and 6. The chronological range and observed technological patterns are similar to those recognised in other areas of South western Europe, particularly the central Iberian Peninsula and Aquitanian region (France) during the second half of the Middle Pleistocene.


Keywords :

Lower palaeolithic, acheulean, Iberian Peninsula, Middle pleistocene, Miño River, fluvial terraces

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