The Acheulian Site of Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov Volume IV

The Lithic Assemblages

  • Naama Goren-Inbar
  • Nira Alperson-Afil
  • Gonen Sharon
  • Gadi Herzlinger

Part of the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (VERT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-li
  2. Naama Goren-Inbar, Nira Alperson-Afil, Gonen Sharon, Gadi Herzlinger
    Pages 1-6
  3. Naama Goren-Inbar, Nira Alperson-Afil, Gonen Sharon, Gadi Herzlinger
    Pages 7-19
  4. Naama Goren-Inbar, Nira Alperson-Afil, Gonen Sharon, Gadi Herzlinger
    Pages 21-41
  5. Naama Goren-Inbar, Nira Alperson-Afil, Gonen Sharon, Gadi Herzlinger
    Pages 43-59
  6. Naama Goren-Inbar, Nira Alperson-Afil, Gonen Sharon, Gadi Herzlinger
    Pages 61-117
  7. Naama Goren-Inbar, Nira Alperson-Afil, Gonen Sharon, Gadi Herzlinger
    Pages 119-236
  8. Naama Goren-Inbar, Nira Alperson-Afil, Gonen Sharon, Gadi Herzlinger
    Pages 237-378
  9. Naama Goren-Inbar, Nira Alperson-Afil, Gonen Sharon, Gadi Herzlinger
    Pages 379-396
  10. Naama Goren-Inbar, Nira Alperson-Afil, Gonen Sharon, Gadi Herzlinger
    Pages 397-425
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 427-461

About this book

Introduction

This manuscript is the 4th Volume of the Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov (GBY) monograph sub-series. The goal of the book is to publish the lithic assemblages originating in the excavations of the Acheulian site at Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov (GBY), Israel. The authors provide the readers with detailed descriptions of the lithic assemblages, illustrations (maps, photographs, drawings) and complete inventory of the artifacts that were excavated during the seven field seasons of 1989-1997 (two in 1997) under the directorship of Prof. Naama Goren-Inbar. This manuscript includes the classification of Large Cutting Tools (bifaces: handaxes and cleavers), Cores and Core Tools, and Flake Tools made of three different raw materials (flint, basalt and limestone). 

This major classification system enables, in addition to the characterization of the assemblages, intra and inter assemblage analyses and comparisons. It forms the foundation and means with which the GBY cultural sequence can be investigated and compared with other Levantine, African and Asian Acheulian entities. From a methodological perspective the authors apply a detailed attribute analysis to all lithic items, a method that integrates morpho-technoogical and stylistic observations culminating in better understanding of the Acheulian realm as documented by the analysis. This analysis is aimed to refine and improve the understanding beyond that of types and their technology and to allow describing the reduction sequence (chaîne opératoire) of some of the major components of the lithic asemblages. The unique record of diverse data from GBY provides insight into hominin behavior (through time) along the margins of the paleo-Lake Hula, and sheds light on processes that led to the colonization of other parts of Eurasia. The book will be of interest to academics and students in all disciplines of Quaternary studies, and to archaeologists using GIS for intra-site spatial analysis.

Keywords

Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov (GBY) Acheulian realm Large cutting tools Lithic assemblages Basalt bifaces Reduction sequence (chaîne opératoire) Hominin behavior Levantine Corridor Palaeomagnetism Bio-chronological markers

Authors and affiliations

  • Naama Goren-Inbar
    • 1
  • Nira Alperson-Afil
    • 2
  • Gonen Sharon
    • 3
  • Gadi Herzlinger
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of ArchaeologyThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and ArchaeologyBar-Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael
  3. 3.Prehistory Laboratory, Multidisciplinary StudiesEast CampusTel-HaiIsrael
  4. 4.Institute of ArchaeologyThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74051-5
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-74050-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-74051-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1877-9077
  • Series Online ISSN 1877-9085
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