An incised shell object from Baradostian (Early Upper Palaeolithic) layers in Shanidar Cave, Iraqi Kurdistan
Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
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Hunt, C., Hill, E., Reynolds, T., Abdulmutalb, D., Farr, L., Lane, R., Szabó, K., & et al. (2017). An incised shell object from Baradostian (Early Upper Palaeolithic) layers in Shanidar Cave, Iraqi Kurdistan. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 14 318-322. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.05.057
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.
Leverhulme Trust (RPG-2013-105)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.05.057
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/269615