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Magura Cave, Bulgaria: A multidisciplinary study of Late Pleistocene human palaeoenvironment in the Balkans

TitleMagura Cave, Bulgaria: A multidisciplinary study of Late Pleistocene human palaeoenvironment in the Balkans
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsIvanova, S, Gurova, M, Spassov, N, Hristova, L, Tzankov, N, Popov, V, Marinova, E, Makedonska, J, Smith, V, Ottoni, C, Lewis, M
JournalQuaternary International
Pagination-
ISSN1040-6182
KeywordsBulgaria, Late Pleistocene, Middle Paleolithic, Paleoenvironment, Pollen, Vertebrates
AbstractAbstract Two trenches excavated at Magura Cave, north-west Bulgaria, have provided Late Pleistocene lithic artefacts as well as environmental evidence in the form of large and small mammals, herpetofauna and pollen recovered from Crocuta coprolites. One of the trenches also has a visible tephra layer which has been confirmed as representing the major Campanian Ignimbrite eruption and is accurately dated at the source area to 39,280$\~$$\pm$$\~$55 yrs and radiocarbon determinations have added to chronological resolution at the site. The palaeoenvironment of the region during the Late Pleistocene is discussed in the context of hominin presence and shows a mosaic landscape in a region considered a crucial refugium for both plants and mammals, including hominins.
URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1040618215012082
DOI10.1016/j.quaint.2015.11.082
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