Azokh Cave and the Transcaucasian Corridor by Yolanda Fernández-Jalvo, Tania King, Levon Yepiskoposyan,

By Yolanda Fernández-Jalvo, Tania King, Levon Yepiskoposyan, Peter Andrews

This edited quantity describes the geology, stratigraphy, anthropology, archaeology, relationship, taphonomy, paleobotany, paleontology and paleoecology of Azokh caves (also referred to as Azykh or Azikh). The chapters evaluate exhaustively the main fresh study in this limestone karstic web site, that is situated close to the village of a similar identify within the quarter of Nagorno Karabagh within the south-eastern finish of the Lesser Caucasus. the location is critical as a result of its geographic situation at an immense migratory crossroad among Africa and Eurasia. those caves include a nearly entire sedimentary series of the transition among H.heidelbergensis and H. neanderthalensis continuing to later Pleistocene and Holocene stratified sediment. the location can also be vital as a result discovery of Neanderthal continues to be via the present study workforce as well as the center Pleistocene hominin fossils in the course of a prior part of excavation paintings led through M. Huseinov. on the middle of this booklet is the problem of the way this web site pertains to human evolution.

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2016). The new Material of Large Mammals from Azokh and Comments on the Older Collections. In Y. Fernández-Jalvo, T. King, L. Yepiskoposyan & P. ), Azokh Cave and the Transcaucasian Corridor (pp. 117–159). Dordrecht: Springer. Zeinalov, A. A. (2010). Karabakh in the stone age, dedicated to the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of a multilayer Palaeolithic Cave of Azykh in Azerbaijan. Chapter 2 Stratigraphy and Sedimentology of Azokh Caves, South Caucasus John Murray, Edward P. Lynch, Patricio Domínguez-Alonso, and Milo Barham Abstract The Pleistocene to Holocene stratigraphy of sediments from three entrance passages to Azokh Cave, Lesser Caucasus, is presented.

14a). The augmented collections from Units II and Vm are to provide material for two doctoral theses and a master thesis by three students in our team. A second aim was to start systematic excavation of the deposits of Azokh 5. The excavation proceeded from the top of the series, which dates from the Iron Age and yielded a collection of ceramics. Given the difficulties of this cave chamber for installing an aerial grid, we used a total station (Fig. 14c). The total station was also used in Azokh 1 to coordinate some geological samples, as well as finds that appeared during the clearing of sections at different points near the cave entrance.

Small mammals are abundant in Azokh 1. The rodent assemblages are dominated throughout by arvicoline rodents indicative of dry steppes and semi-deserts. Several regionally extinct arid-adapted or montane taxa are also well represented throughout the sequence. ), a genus previously thought to have been a relatively recent (late Holocene) introduction. The small mammal fauna shows broad similarities to those from semi-desert and steppe regions to the south, implying dispersals from southwestern Asia; there appear to be only tenuous links with the Pleistocene small mammals north of the Caucasus.

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