Hunters between East and West : the Paleolithic of Moravia /
Jiří Svoboda, Vojen Ložek, and Emanuel Vlček.
New York : Plenum Press, c1996.
xiv, 307 p. : ill.
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New York : Plenum Press, c1996.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-295) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-04-01:
The Gravettian lifestyle of Upper Paleolithic mammoth hunters about 25,000 years ago in Moravia can arguably be considered as the high point of human existence on earth. Access to detailed information about this particular culture has been difficult, but now three Czech scientists--an archaeologist, an environmentalist, and a physical anthropologist--collaborate to make a detailed accounting available in English. The description of the Gravettian is preceded by a quick review of the Lower and Middle Paleolithic, with both earlier and later Upper Paleolithic down to the end of the Pleistocene covered in detail. The regional Pavlovian-Gravettian Variant, with its many burials, all enumerated analytically, remains the centerpiece of this study. Old discoveries, difficult for outsiders to interpret, are put into a comprehensible framework. Illustrations and maps abound amid a thorough text, written in the flat, conventional Eastern European style. The key Pavlovske Hills do not show up on the maps. Computerized spell check lets several confusing errors slip through, e.g., p. 22 asserts that the interglacials, not the glacial advance times, experienced lower temperatures! Nonetheless, with careful reading this must-have book dispels the information gap about one of the most archaeologically significant places on earth. All levels. R. M. Rowlett University of Missouri--Columbia
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'[T]his must-have book dispels the information gap about one of the most archaeologically significant places on earth.' Choice 'An authoritative synthesis of the pertinent Moravian data....chapters rightfully contain many provocative hypotheses about human evolution, adaptations, and behavior during the Pleistocene....a most important addition to our literature.' from the Foreword by Olga Soffer, University of Illinois, Urbana
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This illuminating work describes-for the first time in English-current research on the environmental background, physical human evolution, and cultural development in Central Europe and Moravia during the Pleistocene.
Table of Contents
Central Europe, Moravia, and Past Paleolithic Researchp. 1
Pleistocene Paleoenvironmentsp. 15
Patterns of Human Evolutionp. 37
Lower and Middle Paleolithic Backgroundp. 75
The Beginning of the Upper Paleolithic: The Bohunicians, Szeletians, and Aurignaciansp. 99
The Culmination and Decline of the Upper Paleolithic: The Gravettians and Epigravettiansp. 131
Western Invasion: The Magdalenians and Epimagdaleniansp. 171
Creating Settlement Networksp. 195
Catalog of Principal Sitesp. 205
List of Sitesp. 239
Referencesp. 253
Indexp. 297
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