Elena A. A. Garcea (ed.), South-Eastern Mediterranean Peoples Between 130,000 and 10,000 Years Ago
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In Chapter One, “Goals and Challenges,” scientific editor Elena Garcea sets the chronological stage (130–10 ka BP) and focus of this volume: assess through an original interregional review the extent to which palaeoenvironmental and archaeological data in the south-eastern Mediterranean region contribute to the understanding of (1) the spread of Homo sapiensfrom their African homeland, (2) the transition from the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic (MP/UP) and from the Middle to Later Stone Age (MSA/LSA), and (3) the introduction of novel subsistence strategies by 10 ka BP. The book’s coverage extends from west to east, from the Moroccan and North African coastal areas (Chapters Three to Five), the Nile Valley (Chapters Six and Seven), and the Levant (Chapters Eight to Ten). Readers are immediately informed or “warned” (p. 3) that all chronological and cultural terms currently in use, such as sub-Saharan MSA and LSA, and Eurasian MP, UP and Late Palaeolithic (LP), will be maintained. Table...
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