The Middle and Upper Paleolithic Archeology of the Levant and Beyond

  • Yoshihiro Nishiaki
  • Takeru Akazawa

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. The Levant

  3. The Neighboring Regions of the Levant

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 213-218

About this book


This volume is a compilation of results from sessions of the Second International Conference on the Replacement of Neanderthals by Modern Humans, which took place between November 30 and December 6, 2014, in Hokkaido, Japan. Similar to the first conference held in 2012 in Tokyo, the 2014 conference (RNMH2014) aimed to compile the results of the latest multidisciplinary approaches investigating the issues surrounding the replacement of Neanderthals by modern humans. The results of the sessions, supplemented by off-site contributions, center on the archeology of the Middle and Upper Paleolithic of the Levant and beyond. The first part of this volume presents recent findings from the Levant, while the second part focuses on the neighboring regions, namely, the Caucasus, the Zagros, and South Asia. The 13 chapters in this volume highlight the distinct nature of the cultural occurrences during the Middle and Upper Paleolithic periods of the Levant, displaying a continuous development as well as a combination of lithic traditions that may have originated in different regions. This syncretism, which is an unusual occurrence in the regions discussed in this volume, reinforces the importance of the Levant as a region for interpreting the RNMH phenomenon in West Asia.


Neanderthal archeology Anatomically modern humans Middle and Upper Paleolithic transition Initial Upper Paleolithic Modern humans Levant Caucasus Zagros South Asia RNMH2014

Editors and affiliations

  • Yoshihiro Nishiaki
    • 1
  • Takeru Akazawa
    • 2
  1. 1.The University MuseumThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Research InstituteKochi University of TechnologyKochiJapan

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-6825-6
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-6826-3
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