Modern human migration, the primary dispersal of modern humans in west central Europe with a special view on the “Altmuehlgroup”

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Bernhard Buhs is a PhD student in the D1 Project “Analysis of Migration Processes due to Environmental Conditions between 40.000 and 14.000 a B.P. in the Rhine-Meuse Area” of the CRC 806 Our Way to Europe of the University of Cologne, at the Institute of Prehistoric Archaeology.

Bernhard Buhs

Bernhard Buhs

Bernhard studied Prehistoric Archaeology, Classical Archaeology and Archaeology of the roman Provinces in Cologne. During his Master thesis, he analyzed Neolithic stone artifacts made by the so called “Bandkeramik Culture” in the German brown coal area, supervised by Prof. Dr. Andreas Zimmermann.

Since January 2014 he started research for his PhD thesis, supervised by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Richter, on late Middle Paleolithic stone artifacts and the Transition to the Upper Paleolithic timescale, the Aurignacian. Especially the so-called leafpoints (frz. pointe foliacée, germ. Blattspitzen), stone artifacts which occur in Germany around 60.000 B.P., are of special interest. In the research area of the D1 Project, the Altmuehl group in Southern Germany is one of those industries, which yielded Middle Paleolithic leafpoints. These industries are dated to the very end of the Middle Paleolithic and are regularly involved in the discussion concerning the anthropological transition between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens sapiens at about 40.000 B.P. Leafpoints in Central Europe are seen as elements of one large cultural complex.

So this talk will give an introduction about chronological problems and regional differences of the central European Leafpoints groups and an outlook about future research work. Also a short presentation about previous fieldtrips is given in this lecture.

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Date, Time: 19/05/2014, 16:00 h – 16:30 h

Location: Room S12, Seminargebäude (Building 106), Universitätsstraße 37 , Cologne

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