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A new 44,000-year sequence from Asitau Kuru (Jerimalai), Timor-Leste, indicates long-term continuity in human behaviour

Shipton, Ceri; O'Connor, Sue; Jankowski, Nathan R.; O'Connor-Veth, Jack; Maloney, Tim; Kealy, Shimona; Boulanger, Clara


In this paper, we look at a situation of long-term continuity to understand the circumstances that mediate against behavioural change. Using newly excavated material from Asitau Kuru, Timor-Leste, we assess continuity in stone tool technology, as well as pigment and bead use over a span of 44,000 years. The sequence is divided into three occupation phases: a Pleistocene occupation from ~ 44,000 to 15,000 years ago, an early to middle Holocene occupation from ~ 10,000 to 5000 years ago and a...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences
DOI: 10.1007/s12520-019-00840-5


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