RIS ID

114945

Publication Details

Hunt, C. O., Hill, E. A., Reynolds, T., Abdulmutalb, D., Farr, L., Lane, R., Szabo, K. & Barker, G. (2017). An incised shell object from Baradostian (Early Upper Palaeolithic) layers in Shanidar Cave, Iraqi Kurdistan. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 14 318-322.

Abstract

Shanidar Cave contains one of the most important Palaeolithic archaeological sequences in West Asia. During renewed excavations of Baradostian (Upper Palaeolithic) layers in the cave, an incised land-snail shell fragment was recovered. A natural cause seems unlikely and it does not appear likely to reflect palaeoeconomic functions. It is suggested tentatively that this may have been made during manufacture of a composite artefact designed for visual display. Although Upper Palaeolithic ornaments are often reported, composite ornaments of this period are rather unusual.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.05.057