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Alternate title:
Site distribution patterning in the Southern Italian Middle Paleolithic
Knox, Kelsey Isabel
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1 electronic file (154 pages). : ;


Subjects / Keywords:
Neanderthals -- Italy ( lcsh )
Mousterian culture -- Italy ( lcsh )
Stone implements -- Italy ( lcsh )
Mousterian culture ( fast )
Neanderthals ( fast )
Stone implements ( fast )
Italy ( fast )
bibliography ( marcgt )
theses ( marcgt )
non-fiction ( marcgt )


Most research on the Middle Paleolithic in southern Italy has focused on Mousterian sites in the region of Apulia. This research has been extensive and productive; therefore it stands to reason that other, less researched regions of southern Italy, including Basilicata, Calabria, and Campania, hold potential to produce more Mousterian sites. This paper uses ecocultural niche modeling and predictive site modeling to explore site distributions and the past Mousterian niche as predicted from site occurrence data and environmental variables. This Mousterian niche is then projected onto the landscape. This projection produces a potential site distribution map when modeling modern site niche against modern environmental variables, and produces a spatial distribution map when modeling the past niches with past environmental layers. Results indicate that producing potential Mousterian site distributions is a successful exercise, which can identify areas with in under researched regions of southern Italy that have a high probability of presence of sites. Additionally, a general description of the Mousterian niche in glacial and interglacial periods is produced, and a potential biogeographic variable, the Apennine Mountains, is identified.
Thesis (M.A.) University of Colorado Denver
Includes bibliographic references,
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Statement of Responsibility:
by Kelsey Isabel Knox

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Source Institution:
|University of Colorado Denver
Holding Location:
Auraria Library
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
921892896 ( OCLC )
LD1193.L43 2015m K66 ( lcc )


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