A New Look at the Berekhat Ram Figurine: Implications for the Origins of Symbolism

  title={A New Look at the Berekhat Ram Figurine: Implications for the Origins of Symbolism},
  author={Francesco d’Errico and April Nowell},
  journal={Cambridge Archaeological Journal},
  pages={123 - 167}
This article addresses the nature of the evidence for symbolling behaviour among hominids living in the Near East during the Middle and Upper Pleistocene. Traditionally, Palaeolithic art and symbolling have been synonymous with the Upper Palaeolithic of Europe. The Berekhat Ram figurine, a piece of volcanic material from a Lower Palaeolithic site in Israel, described as purposely modified to produce human features, challenges the view of a late emergence of symbolic behaviour. The anthropogenic… 
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