We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

Durham Research Online
You are in:

Assessing the distribution of Asian Palaeolithic sites : a predictive model of collagen degradation.

Holmes, K. M. and Robson Brown, K. A. and Oates, W. P. and Collins, M. J. (2005) 'Assessing the distribution of Asian Palaeolithic sites : a predictive model of collagen degradation.', Journal of archaeological science., 33 (7). pp. 971-986.


Having previously shown that there is a statistically significant relationship between areas of low collagen degradation and the location of archaeological sites in Africa [K.M. Holmes, K.A. Robson Brown, W.P. Oates, M.J. Collins, Assessing the distribution of African Palaeolithic sites: a predictive model of collagen degradation, Journal of Archaeological Science 32 (2005) 157–166], we here test the applicability of the same model on Palaeolithic archaeological remains from Asia. Our results show a more complex relationship between the distribution of archaeological sites and areas of low collagen degradation than was previously identified for Africa. Several factors appear to overshadow the link between collagen degradation and site location over Asia including the size of the continent, environmental extremes, taphonomy and excavation bias. However, in southern Asia a relationship does exist between collagen loss and site location, with archaeological sites found in areas of relatively low collagen degradation. In this region the model may represent a profitable way of highlighting areas suitable for further archaeological research.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Asia, Collagen degradation, Cave sites, Open sites, Lithic, Fauna, Hominin, Palaeolithic.
Full text:Full text not available from this repository.
Publisher Web site:
Record Created:06 Feb 2009
Last Modified:20 Jul 2009 16:12

Social bookmarking: del.icio.usConnoteaBibSonomyCiteULikeFacebookTwitterExport: EndNote, Zotero | BibTex
Look up in GoogleScholar | Find in a UK Library