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High desert Paleolithic survey at Abydos, Egypt

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Dibble,  Harold L.
Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Max Planck Society;

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McPherron,  Shannon P.
Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Max Planck Society;

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Olszewski, D. I., Dibble, H. L., Schurmans, U. A., McPherron, S. P., & Smith, J. R. (2005). High desert Paleolithic survey at Abydos, Egypt. Journal of Field Archaeology, 30(3), 283-303.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0010-02F8-7
Abstract
In the winters of 2000 and 2002-2003 we surveyed a portion of the high desert immediately adjacent to the Nile Valley at Abydos, Egypt. The initial field season assessed the area's potential to contribute to the existing database of Paleolithic landscapes. Limited work done prior to our initial survey indicated that such Paleolithic sites in this region, while present, were relatively infrequent. Contrary to this expectation, we found the desert landscape densely littered with Paleolithic artifacts. Our subsequent work documented the extent of the distribution and the nature of Paleolithic artifacts. The goal of this work is to develop models of desert landscape use, particularly during the Middle Paleolithic, which can be integrated into those existing for the Nile Valley. In doing this, we provide a more complete picture of hominid adaptations in a place and time period critical to our understanding of the origins of modern human behaviors. [References: 76]