Lost in the mountains? The Cova del Sardo and the Neolithisation of the Southern Central Pyrenees (fifth-third mill. cal bc)

Niccolò Mazzucco, Ignacio Clemente Conte, Ermengol Gassiot

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Abstract

In this paper, we present the results of the analysis of the Cova del Sardo flaked stone assemblage, a rock shelter located at 1.790 m a.s.l. in the Central Pyrenees. An integrated analysis of the lithic record, from a petrological, technological, and functional point of view, has been realised. The daily life activities carried out at the site have been reconstructed and a diachronic reading of the data has been finalised. An interpretation in terms of territorial and economic organisation of the prehistoric group is advanced. A mixed farming economy is suggested, even if herding and pasture exploitation could have locally played an important role. The analysis of lithic raw materials indicates that the groups followed a south-north mobility, as most of exploited cherts are from southern sources (Ebro valley and pre-Pyrenean ranges). Finally, the Cova del Sardo is discussed within a broader framework, taking into account the Neolithisation process of the Southern Central Pyrenees.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1461-1475
Number of pages15
JournalArchaeological and Anthropological Sciences
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • ANDORRA
  • CLIMATE
  • COMMUNITIES
  • HOLOCENE
  • LANDSCAPE
  • Lithic raw materials
  • Marginal environments
  • Mountain archaeology
  • Neolithic
  • ORGANIZATION
  • Use-wear analysis
  • VEGETATION

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