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Stratum plus. 2012. №1

V. E. Shchelinsky (St. Petersburg, Russia)

About the Mousterian Site of Ilskaya

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Pages: 69-110

The paper deals with the materials of layers 1 and 2 of the Ilskaya site (the Kuban’ basin, South Russia). Layer 2 appears to be coeval with OIS 5a, and layer 1 is dated to OIS 4 or early OIS 3. Primary flaking was based on the Levallois technology. To produce their stone artifacts the inhabitants of the site used dolomite, various kinds of flint, as well as lydite and silicified varieties of aleurolite and sandstone. The main categories of tools, represented by various points, side-scrapers, Keilmessers are made of flint and silicified rocks. The industry of the site can be defined as Mousterian or Levallois-Mousterian with a small component of bifacial tools (Ilskaya type industry).

Keywords: Middle Palaeolithic, Mousterian, Micoquian, Ilskaya, chronology, technology, typology

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Vyacheslav Shchelinsky (St. Petersburg, Russia). Doctor of Historical Sciences. Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
E-mail: [email protected]

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