Neanderthal symbolism and ornament manufacture: the bursting of a bubble?

@article{Mellars2010NeanderthalSA,
  title={Neanderthal symbolism and ornament manufacture: the bursting of a bubble?},
  author={Paul Mellars},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2010},
  volume={107 47},
  pages={20147-8}
}
F or the past 40 y, the range of grooved and perforated animal teeth, mammoth-ivory rings, and other unmistakably “decorative” or “ornamental” items discovered during the excavations in the Châtelperronian levels in the cave of Grotte du Renne in north central France (1–4) (Fig. 1) have played a pivotal role in discussions of the European Neanderthal populations, suggesting that these populations were actively engaged in a range of highly “symbolic” behaviors, which had previously been… CONTINUE READING
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