Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 215–268

Big Game and Small Prey: Paleolithic and Epipaleolithic Economy from Valencia (Spain)

  • J. Emili Aura Tortosa
  • V. Villaverde Bonilla
  • M. Pérez Ripoll
  • R. Martínez Valle
  • P. Guillem Calatayud
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1019578013408

Cite this article as:
Tortosa, J.E.A., Bonilla, V.V., Ripoll, M.P. et al. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (2002) 9: 215. doi:10.1023/A:1019578013408

Abstract

This study analyzes the faunal assemblages corresponding to the Middle and Upper Paleolithic and the Early Epipaleolithic for the central Spanish Mediterranean Region dated from between 135,000 and 9,000 B.P. To interpret these data, we employ a zooarchaeological and paleoeconomic perspective. Human large and small game hunting systems are analyzed through the identification of the origins of faunal assemblages, bone breackage patterns, and prey selection patterns. Our study shows that hunting systems changed significantly through time, which may be related to the characteristics of the Mediterranean ecosystem and, above all, to cultural changes.

Middle and Upper Paleolithic zooarchaeology paleoeconomy hunting strategies evolution Spain 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Emili Aura Tortosa
    • 1
  • V. Villaverde Bonilla
    • 1
  • M. Pérez Ripoll
    • 1
  • R. Martínez Valle
    • 2
  • P. Guillem Calatayud
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. de Prehistòria y ArqueologiaUniversitat de ValènciaValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Instituto de Arte RupestreMuseu de la Valltorta. Generalitat ValencianaTírig, CastellónSpain

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