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El Mirón Cave, Cantabrian Spain

The Site and Its Holocene Archaeological Record
Edited by Lawrence Guy StrausManuel R. Gonzáles Morales

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Overview

Though known as a site since 1903, El Mirón Cave in the Cantabrian Mountains of northern Spain remained unexcavated until a team from the universities of New Mexico and Cantabria began ongoing excavations in 1996. This large, deeply stratified cave allowed the team to apply cutting-edge techniques of excavation, recording, and multidisciplinary analysis in the meticulous study of a site that has become a new reference sequence for the classic Cantabrian region. The excavations uncovered the long history of human occupation of the cave, extending from the end of the Middle Paleolithic, through the Upper Paleolithic,
up to the modern era. This volume comprehensively describes the background information on the setting, the site, the chronology, and the sedimentology. It then focuses on the biological and archaeological records of the Holocene levels pertaining to Mesolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, and Bronze Age.

Archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians will be drawn to this study and its extensive findings, dated by some seventy-five radiocarbon assays.

Contributor Bios
Lawrence Guy Straus is Leslie Spier Distinguished Professor of anthropology and editor of the Journal of Anthropological Research at the University of New Mexico.
Manuel R. González Morales is professor of prehistory and director of the Institute of Prehistoric Research at the Universidad de Cantabria in Santander, Spain.