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Site catchment analysis and human behaviour during the Upper Palaeolithic in the Cantabrian Region. Coímbre cave (Asturias, Spain) as case study

Abstract

This paper analyses the territoriality and mobility of hunter-gatherer groups that inhabited in Coímbre in its different occupation periods (Magdalenian and Gravettian). With the objective of developing this study a Geographic Information System was used, allowing us to get new information of Coímbre cave in relation to the lithic raw materials unearthed in the excavation developed between 2008 and 2012: we have calculated the cost of the movement in the territory, and using Least Cost Paths (LCPs) in order to calculate the distances in kilometers and hours to different outcrops of lithic raw materials and to the areas in which the archaeological record reveals the existence of movements as, for example, the coastal area. All the above-mentioned analysis provide very useful information to analyse the human behavior in Coímbre between Magdalenian and Gravettian.

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Andrés-Herrero, M., Álvarez-Alonso, D., Arrizabalaga, A., Becker, D., Weniger, G., Yravedra, J. (2017): Site catchment analysis and human behaviour during the Upper Palaeolithic in the Cantabrian Region. Coímbre cave (Asturias, Spain) as case study. Cambridge Scholars Publishing – In: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. The Exploitation of Raw Materials in Prehistory Sourcing, Processing and Distribution, p: 368-381

Authors Andrés-Herrero, M. de and Álvarez-Alonso, D. and Arrizabalaga, A. and Becker, D. and Weniger, G.-Ch. and Yravedra, J.
Type book
Title Site catchment analysis and human behaviour during the Upper Palaeolithic in the Cantabrian Region. Coímbre cave (Asturias, Spain) as case study
Booktitle The Exploitation of Raw Materials in Prehistory Sourcing, Processing and Distribution
Year 2017
Pages 368-381
Editor Telmo Pereira, Xavier Terradas, Nuno Bicho
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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