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Spatial Organization of Hominin Activities at Gesher Benot Ya’aqov, Israel

Science  18 Dec 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5960, pp. 1677-1680
DOI: 10.1126/science.1180695

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Abstract

The spatial designation of discrete areas for different activities reflects formalized conceptualization of a living space. The results of spatial analyses of a Middle Pleistocene Acheulian archaeological horizon (about 750,000 years ago) at Gesher Benot Ya’aqov, Israel, indicate that hominins differentiated their activities (stone knapping, tool use, floral and faunal processing and consumption) across space. These were organized in two main areas, including multiple activities around a hearth. The diversity of human activities and the distinctive patterning with which they are organized implies advanced organizational skills of the Gesher Benot Ya’aqov hominins.

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