This project focuses on the study of Neanderthal and early modern human behavior, primarily on the basis of stone tools, fauna and spatial patterns
Earlier projects under this heading included studies of the early Middle Palaeolithic flint assemblages of Maastricht-Belvédère (the Netherlands), about 250,000 years old. Currently, much attention is given to the interpretation of the rich record from the Last Interglacial (125,000 years old) site Neumark-Nord 2, and from the Les Cottés site in France, which is a key site for the archaeology of the last Neanderthals and the first modern humans in Europe. Studies of the Neandertal niche use theory and comparative data from evolutionary ecology, primatology and palaeoanthropology, for instance to address differences between the Neandertal and anatomically modern human record. An interesting related project consisted of a comparative study of changes in the archaeological records of Tasmania and southwestern France, in cooperation with Dr Richard Cosgrove (La Trobe, Melbourne).
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Dr Richard Cosgrove (La Trobe, Melbourne)