Evidence for the repeated use of a central hearth at Middle Pleistocene (300 ky ago) Qesem Cave, Israel

@inproceedings{ShahackGross2014EvidenceFT,
  title={Evidence for the repeated use of a central hearth at Middle Pleistocene (300 ky ago) Qesem Cave, Israel},
  author={Ruth Shahack-Gross and Francesco Berna and Panagiotis Karkanas and Cristina Lemorini and Avi Gopher and Ran Barkai},
  year={2014}
}
Abstract A major debate in prehistory revolves around the time and place of the earliest habitual use of fire and the hominin species responsible for it. Here we present a newly discovered hearth at Qesem Cave (Israel) that was repeatedly used and was the focus of hearth-centered human activities, as early as three-hundred-thousand years ago. The hearth, identified based on mineralogical and microscopic criteria, contains two superimposed use cycles, each composed of shorter episodes – possibly… CONTINUE READING

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