Contextual areas along the Eastern Trajectory

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Ine Léonard and Hannah Parrow-Souchon are PhD students in Project B1 “The Eastern Trajectory: Last Glacial Paleogeography and Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and of the Balkan Peninsula” of the CRC 806 at the Institute of Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Cologne.

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Hannah Parow-Souchon

Hannah Parow-Souchon studied Prehistoric Archaeology in Cologne, which she completed in fall 2013 with a MA Thesis in the Project A1 of the CRC. Her research was mainly concerned with analysing the development of blade technology at the outstanding site of Mochena Borago, Provence Wolayta, Ethiopia. Since 2014 she is employed as a PhD Candidate within the B1 Project and her PhD thesis will focus on a contextual approach to the Palaeolithic landscape of the Wadi Sabra in Jordan.

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Ine Léonard

Ine Léonard acquired a M.A. in Archaeology at the University of Louvain and an additional one in Journalism at the University of Brussels. While the first focused on the development of a theoretical framework to identify cultural contact and migration in the archaeological record, the second investigated the representation of archaeology in the Belgian newspapers. She is working as a PhD student in the B1 Project, supervised by Professor Jürgen Richter, since January 2014.

The application of the concept of contextual areas in Prehistoric Archaeology is a comparatively new one and the complementary dissertations of Ine Léonard and Hannah Parow-Souchon will broaden the understanding of Palaeolithic human behavioural and socio-environmental responsive strategies. While Ine is researching the material variability of the Aurignacian industry in the Carpathian Basin and therefore focusses on a spatial approach to one time frame, Hannah will compare Palaeolithic humans responses in the spatially very limited area of the Wadi Sabra, Ma´an District, Jordan, over the time of ~20 000 years.

Due to the discovery of the oldest anatomically modern human remains at Oase Cave, the Banat has received a lot of attention from the archaeological community. Although cultural affiliation is still contentious, three Upper Palaeolithic Aurignacian open-air sites have been recorded near the cave. Yet, they demonstrate different archaeological signals. The question is now, what might have caused this material variability and if comparable archaeological signals for the Aurignacian also exist elsewhere in the Carpathian Basin, to investigate the possibility of an overarching contextual area.

The Wadi Sabra lies in Southern Jordan, close to the ancient Nabatean city of Petra and yields an abundance of Palaeolithic settlement occurrences with every stage of the Levantine Palaeolithic record represented in at least one site. Of special interest is the unique occurrence of several Levantine Aurignacian sites in the Wadi Sabra, being usually restrictively confined to the area west of the Dead Sea transform. The reconstruction of occurrence and disappearance of these industries in response to climatic, environmental and maybe also cultural factors will be the aim of this thesis.

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Date, Time: 30/06/2014, 16:00 h – 17:30 h

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

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