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Neandertal Lithic Industries at La Quina

The University of Arizona Press
Although Neandertals lived in Europe and western Asia for more than 200,000 years, we know surprisingly little about them or about their everyday lives. Evidence of their behavior is largely derived from the surviving pieces of chipped stone and animal bone that resulted from their activities. One of the largest concentrations of stone and bone artifacts left by Neandertals was at the famous archaeological site of La Quina in southwestern France.

This study of the significance of changes through time revealed by an analysis of the chipped stone at La Quina reports on the excavations of the Cooperative American–French Excavation Project from 1985 to 1994. It moves beyond the largely descriptive and subjective approaches that have traditionally been applied to this kind of evidence and applies several important quantitative analytical techniques. These new approaches incorporate the history of previous excavations at the site, the results of the work of the Cooperative Project, and the most recent scientific understanding of relevant climatic changes.

This is a major contribution to our understanding of Neandertal behavior and industry. It adds new dimensions and perspectives based on innovative techniques of analysis. The analytic methods applied to lithic artifacts that form the heart of the book are the product of considerations about how to best interpret a sequence of  multiple contextual samples. The author concludes the book with an extraordinarily useful chapter that places his findings into the larger context of our contemporary knowledge of Neandertal life in the region.

The book comes with a compact disc, which includes coded observations used in the analysis in as many as 47 data fields for the more than 11,500 artifacts that will allow professionals and students to further explore the collection of lithic artifacts.
Representing a comprehensive publication of the lithic industries and related archaeology of La Quina, this monograph is a pivotal addition to the study of Neanderthal behavior.”—PaleoAnthropology

La Quina is a tribute to Jelinek’s diligence and a credit to the press for investing so generously in the project.”—Journal of Anthropological Research

“[This book] places the study of [lithic industries at La Quina] into a broader site- and research-context that makes this volume valuable for more than those solely interested in lithics.”—Cambridge Archaeological Journal
“The major conclusions of this book will be accepted for decades.”—Michael S. Bisson, co-author of Ancient African Metallurgy: The Socio-Cultural Context

“There are few book-length reports of Middle Paleolithic sites of such significance and fewer still that are as comprehensive and as detailed as this one.”—Donald O. Henry, author of Prehistoric Cultural Ecology and Evolution: Insights from Southern Jordan
Arthur J. Jelinek is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the School of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson. He received his PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan in 1960. In addition to other professional recognition, he was the first recipient of the University of Arizona Department of Anthropology Raymond H. Thompson Award for Distinguished Service to Anthropology.
Chapter 1. An Archaeological History of the Site and Early Interpretations
Chapter 2. The Formation of the Project: A Personal Perspective
Chapter 3. The Lithic Sample: Nature and Classification
Chapter 4. The Chronological and Paleoenvironmental Setting of the Prehistoric Sequence at the Station Amont
Chapter 5. A Matter of Form: Typological Aspects of the Lithic Industries
Chapter 6. Beyond Traditional Typology: Lithic Reduction Products and Materials at La Quina
Chapter 7. A Matter of Timebr /> Chapter 8. A Synthesis of the Prehistoric Sequence at La Quina
Chapter 9. In Retrospect

Appendix A. Recorded Fields, Attributes, and Variables of the La Quina Database
Appendix B. Data Tables
Appendix C. Field Personnel by Season
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