Replacement of Neanderthals by Modern Humans Series

The Middle and Upper Paleolithic Archeology of the Levant and Beyond

Editors: Nishiaki, Yoshihiro, Akazawa, Takeru (Eds.)

  • Presents the latest overview of archaeological records on the replacement/assimilation processes of Neanderthals by modern humans in the Levant and its surroundings
  • Includes summaries of firsthand evidence from the Caucasus, the Zagros, and South Asia, previously unavailable in English
  • Explains the range expansion processes of modern humans during the Initial Upper Paleolithic
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This volume is a compilation of results from sessions of the Second International Conference on the Replacement of Neanderthals by Modern Humans, which took place between November 30 and December 6, 2014, in Hokkaido, Japan. Similar to the first conference held in 2012 in Tokyo, the 2014 conference (RNMH2014) aimed to compile the results of the latest multidisciplinary approaches investigating the issues surrounding the replacement of Neanderthals by modern humans. The results of the sessions, supplemented by off-site contributions, center on the archeology of the Middle and Upper Paleolithic of the Levant and beyond. The first part of this volume presents recent findings from the Levant, while the second part focuses on the neighboring regions, namely, the Caucasus, the Zagros, and South Asia. The 13 chapters in this volume highlight the distinct nature of the cultural occurrences during the Middle and Upper Paleolithic periods of the Levant, displaying a continuous development as well as a combination of lithic traditions that may have originated in different regions. This syncretism, which is an unusual occurrence in the regions discussed in this volume, reinforces the importance of the Levant as a region for interpreting the RNMH phenomenon in West Asia.

About the authors

Yoshihiro Nishiaki, who received his Ph.D. from University College London, is a professor of prehistory at the University Museum, The University of Tokyo. His research involves the archaeology of West and Central Asia mainly through technological analyses of flaked stone artifacts. He has directed numerous field investigations in West and Central Asia since 1984, including Paleolithic and Neolithic excavations in Syria, Azerbaijan, Iran, and Uzbekistan. He is currently the director of a large-scale research project, PaleoAsia, to investigate the formation processes of modern human cultures in Asia, a project supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan. He has served on the editorial board or scientific committee of a number of international associations, such as the International Union for Quaternary Research, the International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences, and Association Paléorient.
Takeru Akazawa taught prehistoric anthropology as a professor at The University of Tokyo, the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, and Kochi University of Technology and is currently a professor emeritus at the latter two. His major research contributions cover a wide range of subjects in prehistoric anthropology, such as the hunter-gatherers’ adaptation in the Japanese archipelago and the Paleolithic human ecology in West Asia. Of the latter, the most notable were the multidisciplinary studies of the behavioral and cognitive characteristics of the Neanderthals. The outcomes of the research, which was based on a series of Neanderthal fossils discovered from his own excavations of the Dederiyeh Cave, Syria, have been published in numerous books and journals in the field of human evolution and prehistory, including the Replacement of Neanderthals and Modern Humans volumes, Springer, of which Prof. Akazawa is a series editor.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Archeological Issues in the Middle and Upper Paleolithic of the Levant and Its Neighboring Regions

    Nishiaki, Yoshihiro (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • An Open-Air Site at Nesher Ramla, Israel, and New Insights into Levantine Middle Paleolithic Technology and Site Use

    Zaidner, Yossi (et al.)

    Pages 11-33

  • A Week in the Life of the Mousterian Hunter

    Sharon, Gonen

    Pages 35-47

  • Chrono-cultural Considerations of Middle Paleolithic Occurrences at Manot Cave (Western Galilee), Israel

    Marder, Ofer (et al.)

    Pages 49-63

  • Middle Palaeolithic Flint Mines in Mount Carmel: An Alternative Interpretation

    Ronen, Avraham

    Pages 65-70

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eBook $89.00
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Hardcover $119.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Middle and Upper Paleolithic Archeology of the Levant and Beyond
Editors
  • Yoshihiro Nishiaki
  • Takeru Akazawa
Series Title
Replacement of Neanderthals by Modern Humans Series
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-6826-3
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-6826-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-6825-6
Series ISSN
2365-063X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 218
Number of Illustrations and Tables
60 b/w illustrations, 56 illustrations in colour
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