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    An incised shell object from Baradostian (Early Upper Palaeolithic) layers in Shanidar Cave, Iraqi Kurdistan

    Hunt, C.O. and Hill, E. and Reynolds, Tim and Abdulmutalb, D. and Farr, L. and Lane, R. and Szabo, K. and Barker, G. (2017) An incised shell object from Baradostian (Early Upper Palaeolithic) layers in Shanidar Cave, Iraqi Kurdistan. Journal of Archaeological Science 14 , pp. 318-322. ISSN 0305-4403.

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    Abstract

    Shanidar Cave contains one of the most important Palaeolithic archaeological sequences in West Asia. During renewed excavations of Baradostian (Upper Palaeolithic) layers in the cave, an incised land-snail shell fragment was recovered. A natural cause seems unlikely and it does not appear likely to reflect palaeoeconomic functions. It is suggested tentatively that this may have been made during manufacture of a composite artefact designed for visual display. Although Upper Palaeolithic ornaments are often reported, composite ornaments of this period are rather unusual.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Shanidar, Upper Palaeolithic, Baradostian, Land snail, Shell artefact
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Tim Reynolds
    Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2017 08:05
    Last Modified: 17 Jun 2018 00:10
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/18824

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