Human Evolution

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 121–128 | Cite as

Economical strategies in the Upper Palaeolithic in the Cantabrian region

  • F. Bernaldo de Quirós
  • V. Cabrera


The aim of this paper is to survey the economic approach in relation to animal use during Upper Palaeolithic times in Northern Spain. The animals present in the archaeological record can be separated into main groups, like those present by natural reasons and those introduced by human groups. Also in the anthropic aported animals, some of them are related to food procurements and others to economic reasons. Animals like deer, bovids, equids and so on, were mainly related to nutrition, while some others like mustelids, canids or felines were more related to the obtention of furs or other non-alimentary uses. The analysis of the “main-six” (red deer, roe deer, big bovids, horse, ibex and wild boar) showed that all of them were used throughout the Upper Palaeolithic without many changes in time.

Key words

Cantabrian region Upper Palaeolithic palaeoeconomy hunter-prey relationships 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Bernaldo de Quirós
    • 1
  • V. Cabrera
    • 2
  1. 1.Area de prehistoriaUniversidad de LeónLeónSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de PrehistoriaU.N.E.D.MadridSpain

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