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Marion Prevost

Marion Prévost


Ph.D. dissertation topic: Hominid behavioral patterns at the end of MIS 6. Unit III of the Middle Paleolithic open-air site at Nesher Ramla, Israel, as case study.

Advisors: Prof. Naama Goren-Inbar and Dr. Yossi Zaidner


For the period around 145 kys (end of MIS 6), the Levantine Middle Paleolithic remains relatively poor in data (ie cave and open-air sites and significant lithic assemblages). The open-air site of Nesher Ramla, discovered during quarry activities, yielded an important 8 meters thick stratigraphic sequence divided into 6 units (I-VI) from MIS 6 to MIS 4 (~ 170- 78 ka BP).

My Phd research is based on the lithic assemblage from the Unit III which is dated to the end of MIS 6. This unit presents, unlike most of the others units, a well defined thin layer of around 30 cm composed of several artifactís concentrations (n=22) and combustion features. These concentrations, which some of them can be more than one meter wide, were formed by accumulation of stones, faunal remains and lithic industries. A sample of 10,200 lithic pieces is taking into account for this study in order to shed light on three major topics:

  1. Technological behavior
  2. Spatial behavior
  3. Settlement pattern behavior
By analyzing the typo-technological attributes of the lithic artifacts, the raw material economy, the refits and the spatial distribution of the finds within the site, my aim is to provide a better understanding concerning the hominidís land use strategies, site function, site organization and human adaptation to open-air environment at the end of MIS 6 in southern Levant.

Areas of interests

  • Lithic technology
  • Levantine Middle Paleolithic
  • Spatial analysis
  • Anatolian prehistory