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AIA Lecture Series. The Earliest Modern Humans in Eastern Europe

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Price: 
FREE
Date: 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Venue: 
Paleontology Hall
Description

Homo sapiens arrived in Eastern Europe more than 40,000 years ago, probably in several migratory waves. Sites on the plains between the Carpathian to the Ural Mountains exhibit many parallels to the Paleoindian sites of the North American Plains and Southwest. Large-mammal kill-butchery areas are common, although they often are associated with a habitation area (which is known but less common in the North American sites). These sites provide evidence of major technological innovations that were critical to Homo sapiens adaptation to the cooler and less productive environments of the East European Plain-- artifact types commonly found in Paleoindian sites, including bifacial projectile points, flake scrapers, bifaces, and hammer-stones.

Presenter(s)
John Hoffecker, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado