Problems of Archaeology, Ethnography, Anthropology of
Siberia and Neighboring Territories

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2018 Volume XXIV

DOI: 10.17746/2658-6193.2018.24.032-036

УДК 903.01

The Middle and Upper Paleolithic Bone Tools from South Chamber of Denisova Cave

Baumann M., Fedorchenko A.Yu., Kozlikin M.B., Plisson H., Shunkov M.V.

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Excavations undertaken in the upper portion of the Pleistocene deposits from South Chamber of Denisova Cave yielded a set of bone tools in association with numerous stone artifacts. The Middle Palaeolithic layer 12 revealed bone retouchers and a retouched bone fragment. Along with lightly modified bone tools such as retouchers and retouched pieces, Layer 11 has yielded such stone tools as a point, a needle, a polisher and a tool blank, all attributed to the early Upper Palaeolithic. The obtained archaeological record has made it possible to reconstruct technologies of manufacturing lightly and significantly modified bone tools. Use-wear analysis of the point, needle and polisher has shown clear signs of usage and a range of deformation features associated with utilization.


Altai Mountains, Denisova Cave, Middle Palaeolithic, early Upper Palaeolithic, bone tools

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