Pleistocene and Holocene Hunter-Gatherers in Iberia and the Gibraltar Strait
The current archaeological record
This volume aims to offer an up-to-date summary of knowledge relating to human predatory societies settled in Iberia. The archaeological record of the region is essential for the reconstruction of human evolution in Europe in biological, behavioural and cultural domains as it reserves the earliest and more significant records of the humanization of the continent and because it allows the reconstruction of the main trends in that process. This is possible thanks to a rich, large and complete record, encompassing all the stages of that development and all the adaptive and cultural modes. Moreover, the discovery of that record is amongst the earliest known archaeological occurrences in the history of archaeology.
The book offers a systematic presentation of the current empirical data written by the same research teams already working every year on site excavations. Included is current knowledge of the main archaeo-palaeontological sites with the most significant records. Sites are arranged in eight physiographic and geological regions, with the aim of making clear the adaptive ways of human societies to similar environments. Over 400 illustrations, tables and figures, most in colour.
Preface - Major Physiographic, Geographic and Ecological Regions
North-western Atlantic basins
Cantabrian mountains and coastlines
Ebro Valley, Pyrenees and Pre-Pyrenees
Mediterranean basins - North of the Ebro River
Mediterranean basins - Centre
South Mediterranean coast, Guadalquivir River and Betic intramontane basins
Strait of Gilbraltar
Paleolithic art in the north of Spain
Post-Pleistocene art from the Iberian Levant