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Personal Ornaments in the Palaeolithic of Europe

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Project "PeOPLE" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Total cost 173˙076 €
 EC max contribution 173˙076 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-02-01   to  2020-01-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITE DE BORDEAUX FR (BORDEAUX) coordinator 173˙076.00


 Project objective

The project PeOPLE (Personal Ornaments in the PalaeoLithic of Europe) seeks a new perspective on the archaeological framework for Eastern Europe during the earlier part of the Upper Palaeolithic (UP) by study of the beads and other personal ornaments known from sites of this period. The study period covers ca. 45,000-25,000 years ago – the first twenty thousand years of modern human occupation of ice age Europe.

Our knowledge of cultural change and variation in the UP is based heavily on lithic artefacts: stone tools and the waste from their production. There are numerous shortcomings in our present understanding of Palaeolithic cultural variation, especially in Eastern Europe. Personal ornaments, which have been found in large numbers at sites of this period, represent an underused resource for understanding UP cultural diversity and connections in this region.

The known corpus of these artefacts will be studied based on published sources and by direct examination of selected collections using established techniques. Attributes of the artefacts themselves and of their archaeological contexts will be recorded. A database will be produced which will be analysed using statistical techniques, including some borrowed from genetics. The results of the analysis will be compared with the current archaeological framework for this period and, where possible, with genetic trees based on aDNA studies.

The project offers great scope for testing and refining our current understanding of cultural variation and change during this period. It will also provide an excellent test-case for some theoretical anthropological questions, regarding e.g. human responses to climate change and the spread and persistence of material culture traditions. Communication and outreach is an important part of this project. This will include the creation of open-access resources, including 3D scans of artefacts where possible, and targeted outreach activities.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Natasha Reynolds, Felix Riede
House of cards: cultural taxonomy and the study of the European Upper Palaeolithic
published pages: 1350-1358, ISSN: 0003-598X, DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2019.49
Antiquity 93/371 2020-04-03
2019 Natasha Reynolds, Felix Riede
Reject or revive? The crisis of cultural taxonomy in the European Upper Palaeolithic and beyond
published pages: 1368-1370, ISSN: 0003-598X, DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2019.156
Antiquity 93/371 2020-04-03

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