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Though known as a site since 1903, El Mirón Cave in the Cantabrian Mountains of northern Spain remained unexcavated until a team from the universities of New Mexico and Cantabria began ongoing excavations in 1996. This large, deeply stratified cave allowed the team to apply cutting-edge techniques of excavation, recording, and multidisciplinary analysis in the meticulous study of a site that has become a new reference sequence for the classic Cantabrian region. The excavations uncovered the long history of human occupation of the cave, extending from the end of the Middle Paleolithic, through the Upper Paleolithic, up to the modern era. This volume comprehensively describes the background information on the setting, the site, the chronology, and the sedimentology. It then focuses on the biological and archaeological records of the Holocene levels pertaining to Mesolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, and Bronze Age.

Archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians will be drawn to this study and its extensive findings, dated by some seventy-five radiocarbon assays.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Figures, Color Plates, and Tables
  2. pp. vii-xv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xxiii
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  1. Preamble: La Cueva del Mirón: A Grand Cave Site in the Cantabrian Cordillera of Northern Spain
  2. pp. xxv-xxviii
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  1. 1: The Excavation of El Mirón Cave
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 2: The Río Asón Drainage in Eastern Cantabria
  2. pp. 7-15
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  1. 3: El Mirón Cave
  2. pp. 16-22
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  1. 4: Stratigraphy of El Mirón Cave (1996–2007)
  2. pp. 23-59
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  1. 5: Sedimentology of El Mirón Cave
  2. pp. 60-94
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  1. 6: El Mirón Cave Radiocarbon Dates
  2. pp. 95-102
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  1. 7: Preliminary Archaeomagnetic and Rock-Magnetic Results from the Holocene Fire Lenses in El Mirón Cave
  2. pp. 103-118
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  1. 8: The Vegetational Contexts of El Mirón Cave throughout the Early to Middle Holocene: Contributions from the Palynological Study
  2. pp. 119-142
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  1. 9: Analysis of Phytoliths from Holocene Levels of El Mirón Cave
  2. pp. 143-147
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  1. 10: Neolithic, Chalcolithic, and Bronze Age Plant Remains from El Mirón Cave: Evidence on the First Farming Communities in the Cantabrian Region
  2. pp. 148-173
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  1. 11: Holocene Wood Charcoal from El Mirón Cave: Vegetation and Wood Use
  2. pp. 174-196
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  1. COLOR PLATES
  2. pp. 197-204
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  1. 12: Holocene Biostratigraphy and Climatic Change in Cantabria: The Micromammalian Faunas of El Mirón Cave
  2. pp. 205-242
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  1. 13: Bird Remains from the Post-Azilian Levels of El Mirón Cave
  2. pp. 243-249
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  1. 14: The Holocene Herpetofauna of El Mirón Cave
  2. pp. 250-261
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  1. 15: Taphonomic Study of the Large and Medium Mammals from the Post-Paleolithic Occupations in El Mirón Cave
  2. pp. 262-287
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  1. 16: Macromammalian Remains from the Holocene Levels of El Mirón Cave
  2. pp. 288-318
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  1. 17: Descriptions of the Post-Paleolithic Pit and Hearth Features of El Mirón Cave
  2. pp. 319-331
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  1. 18: The Post-Paleolithic Stone Industries of El Mirón Cave
  2. pp. 332-371
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  1. 19: The Ceramics of El Mirón Cave: Production, Morphology, and Discard
  2. pp. 372-425
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  1. 20: Conclusions: Preliminary Overview and Focus on the Post-Paleolithic Occupations of El Mirón Cave
  2. pp. 426-441
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 443-444
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780826351500
Related ISBN
9780826351487
MARC Record
OCLC
781635695
Pages
368
Launched on MUSE
2012-04-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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