The Upper Paleolithic in Mediterranean Spain: a review of current evidence

Valentín Villaverde, J. Emili Aura, C Michael Barton

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In spite of an active and sophisticated archaeological research program, the Paleolithic of the Iberian peninsula remains comparatively little known to English-speaking prehistorians, with the exception of Cantabrian Spain. The rich data set compiled by Spanish prehisotrians and their colleagues over the past several decades stands to make a valuable and unique contribution to our understanding of the Pleistocene prehistory of Europe. We present a detailed overview of Upper Paleolithic chronology, sites, and assemblages for Mediterranean Spain, an area of over 1 600 000 km2 that extends from the French border to the Straits of Gibraltar. To interpret these data, we employ a regional perspective that emphasizes studies of paleoeconomy (especially zooarchaeology) and settlement. The Middle-Upper Paleolithic transition and Upper Paleolithic art also receive detailed treatment, and the Upper Paleolithic of Mediterranean Spain is discussed in the broader context of the late Upper Pleistocene of western Europe and the Mediterranean Basin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-198
Number of pages78
JournalJournal of World Prehistory
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology


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