|2020-12-20 ||For our world without sound. The opportunistic debitage in the Italian context: a methodological evaluation of the lithic assemblages of Pirro Nord, Cà Belvedere di Montepoggiolo, Ciota Ciara cave and Riparo Tagliente.|
Marco Carpentieri, Marta Arzarello
Recommended by Alice Leplongeon based on reviews by David Hérisson and 1 anonymous reviewer
Investigating the opportunistic debitage – an experimental approach
The paper “For our world without sound. The opportunistic debitage in the Italian context: a methodological evaluation of the lithic assemblages of Pirro Nord, Cà Belvedere di Montepoggiolo, Ciota Ciara cave and Riparo Tagliente”  submitted by M. Carpentieri and M. Arzarello is a welcome addition to a growing number of studies focusing on flaking methods showing little to no core preparation, e.g., [2–4]. These flaking methods are often overlooked or seen as ‘simple’, which, in a...
|2020-12-17 ||Experimentation preceding innovation in a MIS5 Pre-Still Bay layer from Diepkloof Rock Shelter (South Africa): emerging technologies and symbols|
Guillaume Porraz, John E. Parkington, Patrick Schmidt, Gérald Bereiziat, Jean-Philip Brugal, Laure Dayet, Marina Igreja, Christopher E. Miller, Viola C. Schmid, Chantal Tribolo, Aurore Val, Christine Verna, Pierre-Jean Texier
Recommended by Anne Delagnes based on reviews by Francesco d'Errico, Kathryn Ranhorn and Enza Elena Spinapolice
Experimentation as a driving force for innovation in the Pre-Still Bay from Southern Africa
The article submitted by Guillaume Porraz et al.  shed light on the evolutionary changes recorded during the Pre-Still Bay Lynn stratigraphic unit (SU) from Diepkloof (Southern Africa). It promotes a multi-proxy and integrative approach based on a set of innovative behaviors, such as the engraving of geometric forms, silcrete heat- treatment, the use of adhesive, bladelet and bifacial tools production. This approach is not so common in Middle Stone Age (MSA) studies and makes a lot of sense...
|2020-11-02 ||Probabilistic Modelling using Monte Carlo Simulation for Incorporating Uncertainty in Least Cost Path Results: a Roman Road Case Study|
Recommended by Otis Crandell based on reviews by Georges Abou Diwan and 1 anonymous reviewer
A probabilistic method for Least Cost Path calculation.
The paper entitled “Probabilistic Modelling using Monte Carlo Simulation for Incorporating Uncertainty in Least Cost Path Results: a Roman Road Case Study”  submitted by J. Lewis presents an innovative approach to applying Least Cost Path (LCP) analysis to incorporate uncertainty of the Digital Elevation Model used as the topographic surface on which the path is calculated.
The proposition of using Monte Carlo simulations to produce numerous LCP, each with a slightly different DEM in...
|2020-09-14 ||A way to break bones? The weight of intuitiveness|
Delphine Vettese, Trajanka Stavrova, Antony Borel, Juan Marin, Marie-Hélène Moncel, Marta Arzarello, Camille Daujeard
Recommended by Beatrice Demarchi and Reuven Yeshurun based on reviews by Terry O'Connor, Alan Outram and 1 anonymous reviewer
Breaking bones: Nature or Culture?
The nature of breaking long bones for obtaining marrow is important in Paleolithic archaeology, due to its widespread, almost universal, character. Provided that hammer-stone percussion marks can be correctly identified using experimental datasets (e.g., ), the anatomical location and count of the marks may be taken to reflect recurrent “cultural” traditions in the Paleolithic . Were MP humans breaking bones intuitively or did they abide by a strict “protocol”, and, if the latter,...
|2020-06-20 ||Investigating relationships between technological variability and ecology in the Middle Gravettian (ca. 32-28 ka cal. BP) in France.|
Anaïs Vignoles, William E. Banks, Laurent Klaric, Masa Kageyama, Marlon E. Cobos, Daniel Romero-Alvarez
Recommended by Felix Riede based on reviews by Andreas Maier and João Marreiros
Understanding Palaeolithic adaptations through niche modelling - the case of the French Middle Gravettian
The paper entitled “Investigating relationships between technological variability and ecology in the Middle Gravettian (ca. 32-28 ky cal. BP) in France”  submitted by A. Vignoles and colleagues offers a robust and interesting new analysis of the niche differences between the Rayssian and Noaillian facies of the Middle Gravettian in France.
Understanding technological variability in the Palaeolithic is a long-standing challenge. Previous debates have vacillated between strong, quasi-et...
|2020-06-19 ||Platforms of Palaeolithic knappers reveal complex linguistic abilities|
Cédric Gaucherel and Camille Noûs
Recommended by Marta Arzarello based on reviews by Antony Borel and 1 anonymous reviewer
The means of complexity in a lithic reduction sequence
The paper entitled “Platforms of Palaeolithic knappers reveal complex linguistic abilities”  submitted by C. Gaucherel and C. Noûs represents an interesting reflection about the possibilities to detect the human cognitive abilities in relation to the lithic production.
The definition and the study of human cognitive abilities during the Lower Palaeolithic it has always been a complex field of investigation. The relation between the technical skills (lithic production) and the emerge...
|2020-05-28 ||TIPZOO: a Touchscreen Interface for Palaeolithic Zooarchaeology. Towards making data entry and analysis easier, faster, and more reliable|
Recommended by Florent Rivals based on reviews by Argant Thierry and Delphine Vettese
A new software to improve standardization and quality of data in zooarchaeology
Standardization and quality of data collection are identified as challenges for the future in zooarchaeology . These issues were already identified in the early 1970s when the International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ) recommended to “standardize measurements and data in publications”. In the recent years, there is strong recommendations by publishers and grant to follow the FAIR Principle i.e. to “improve the findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reuse of digital ass...