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Human modifications on cave bear bones from the Gargas Cave (Hautes-Pyrénées, France)

Abstract : In this paper, we are going to examine seven cave bear remains modified by prehistoric men. These remains come from the Aurignacian and Gravettian levels of the Gargas Cave (Hautes-Pyrénées, France). They were discovered during the excavations carried out by H. Breuil and E. Cartailhac from 1911 to 1913. One Aurignacian artefact and three Gravettian objects were unpublished and other pieces were only briefly described in the 1958 publication (Breuil & Cheynier, 1958). These osseous artefacts allow us to discuss the status of Ursus spelaeus for the Aurignacian and Gravettian human populations, which lived in the Gargas Cave.
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Carole Vercoutère, Cristina San Juan-Foucher, Pascal Foucher. Human modifications on cave bear bones from the Gargas Cave (Hautes-Pyrénées, France). Scientific annals, School of Geology, 2006, 98, pp.19-23. ⟨hal-00495380⟩



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