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Le contexte archéologique des restes humains atériens de la région de Rabat-Témara (Maroc)

Abstract : In the 1970s, in the region of Rabat-Témara, on the Moroccan Atlantic coast, a series of discoveries found human remains directly associated with an Aterian archeological context. The main contribution of these discoveries was to confirm that the Aterian Man was an Homo sapiens and not an Homo neanderthalensis, as was previously proposed. Human remains, only skulls, are associated with Aterian tools at three caves: Dar-es-Soltane 2 (excavations of A. Debénath), El Harhoura 1 (excavations of A. Debénath) and Les Contrebandiers (excavations J. Roche). In these caves, the levels containing human remains are characterized by the small number of artifacts. The presence of rare tanged points was, however, an argument for an Aterian attribution. In this paper, we present the available documentation from the 70' excavations and the documentation recently acquired in the caves of El Mnasra and El Harhoura 2. These two caves brought important precisions on the human behavior. The data provided by the industry and animals hunted allow us to discuss the Aterian occupation, which appears as a cultural phase with the same homogeneity as the human remains relating to it. However, it remains questions concerning the modalities and the intensity of the human occupation in this region.
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Roland Nespoulet, André Debénath, Addeljalil El Hajraoui, Patrick Michel, Emilie Campmas, et al.. Le contexte archéologique des restes humains atériens de la région de Rabat-Témara (Maroc). 4ème Rencontre des Quaternaristes Marocains, Nov 2007, Oujda, Maroc. p. 356-375. ⟨halshs-00474717⟩



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