Methodological Considerations in the Study of Oldowan Raw Material Selectivity: Insights from A. L. 894 (Hadar, Ethiopia)

  • Talia Goldman-Neuman
  • Erella Hovers
Part of the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (VERT)


A study of raw material selection patterns at a Late Pliocene Oldowan site (A. L. 894, Hadar, Ethiopia) raised methodological questions inherent specifically to the study of the very early lithic assemblages. These in turn have a significant effect on our understanding of patterns of raw material selection and use as well as inferences about hominin cognitive abilities and ecological adaptations. Here we identify some of these methodological problems and propose potential ways of addressing them.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Talia Goldman-Neuman
    • 1
  • Erella Hovers
    • 2
  1. 1.The Institute of ArchaeologyThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.The Institute of ArchaeologyThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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