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U-series and ESR analyses of bones and teeth relating to the human burials from Skhul

Grun, Rainer; Stringer, Chris; McDermott, Frank; Nathan, Roger; Porat, Naomi; Robertson, Steve; Taylor, Lois; Mortimer, Graham; Eggins, Stephen; McCulloch, Malcolm


In order to resolve long-standing issues surrounding the age of the Skhul early modern humans, new analyses have been conducted, including the dating of four well-provenanced fossils by ESR and U-series. If the Skhul burials took place within a relatively short time span, then the best age estimate lies between 100 and 135 ka. This result agrees very well with TL ages obtained from burnt flint of 119±18 ka (Mercier et al., 1993). However, we cannot exclude the possibility that the material...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Human Evolution
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2005.04.006


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