Université de Fribourg

The earliest evidence for Upper Paleolithic occupation in the Armenian Highlands at Aghitu-3 Cave

Kandel, Andrew W. ; Gasparyan, Boris ; Allué, Ethel ; Bigga, Gerlinde ; Bruch, Angela A. ; Cullen, Victoria L. ; Frahm, Ellery ; Ghukasyan, Robert ; Gruwier, Ben ; Jabbour, Firas ; Miller, Christopher E. ; Taller, Andreas ; Vardazaryan, Varduhi ; Vasilyan, Davit ; Weissbrod, Lior

In: Journal of Human Evolution, 2017, vol. 110, no. Supplement C, p. 37–68

With its well-preserved archaeological and environmental records, Aghitu-3 Cave permits us to examine the settlement patterns of the Upper Paleolithic (UP) people who inhabited the Armenian Highlands. We also test whether settlement of the region between ∼39–24,000 cal BP relates to environmental variability. The earliest evidence occurs in archaeological horizon (AH) VII from...