Saville, Alan and Ballin, Torben Bjarke (2009) Upper paleolithic evidence from Kilmelfort cave, Argyll: A re-evaluation of the lithic assemblage. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 139. pp. 9-45. ISSN 0081-1564

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Abstract

An assemblage of flint and quartz artefacts recovered during the destruction of Kilmelfort Cave, Argyll, in 1956, was initially attributed to the Mesolithic period. In this paper the assemblage is reanalysed and the conclusion that it represents the residue of human occupation at the site during the Late Glacial Interstadial is reached. Typological considerations indicate the assemblage is
of Curve-Backed Point Group (Federmessergruppen)affiliation and likely to date to the 12th millennium 14C yr bp. Significantly, the evidence from Kilmelfort provides the first substantive indication of the presence of Late Upper Palaeolithic hunters in Scotland.

Item Type: Article
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Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Archaeology (to 2011)
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Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2011 11:21
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2014 14:43
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/362

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