Dalarik-1: A new lower paleolithic cave site in the Republic of Armenia

Boris Gasparyan*, Artur Petrosyan, Phil Glauberman, Ani Adigyozalyan, Hayk Haydosyan, Soseh Aghaian, Makoto Arimura, Ellery Frahm, Samvel Nahapetyan, Dmitri Arakelyan, Jennifer Sherriff, Teo Karampaglidis, Masha Krakovsky, Ariel Malinsky-Buller

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Abstract

Stratified Lower Paleolithic sites are very rare in the Armenian Highlands and the Caucasus, and their fragmentary record limits our knowledge of the initial hominin occupation phases and lifeways in the area during the Early and Middle Pleistocene. The recently discovered Dalarik-1 Cave in Eastern Armenia will add some knowledge to the LP study of the region, containing an in situ and well preserved Acheulian assemblage together with fossilized faunal remains. These factors make Dalarik-1 ideal for ideal for the study of hominin adaptive behaviors as well as timing, duration and regional occupational pattering, which are among the most significant and debated aspects of human evolution in Eurasia.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSystemizing the Past
Subtitle of host publicationPapers in Near Eastern and Caucasian Archaeology Dedicated to Pavel S. Avetisyan on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday
PublisherArchaeopress
Pages127-141
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781803273938
ISBN (Print)9781803273921
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2023

Keywords

  • Acheulian assemblages
  • Ararat Depression
  • Armenian Highlands
  • Cave sites
  • Lower Paleolithic
  • Mastarahegheghat River
  • Raw material sources

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