Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

2016

Publisher

University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach

Abstract

Discovered in 1938 in the Bajsun district of southern Uzbekistan, Teshik-Tash 1 represents a juvenile male hominin, aged between nine and eleven years old. He was classified as Homo neanderthalensis. Two pertinent characteristics of the find’s in situ context provided the backdrop for this classification. Firstly, the Teshik-Tash child was buried with associated grave goods surrounded by a Middle Paleolithic assemblage which has been described as “Mousterian-like” (Glantz et al, 2009: 45). Secondly, the very location of this find was the furthest eastern extent of hominin discoveries outside of the Levant. Recent research, however, challenges this boundary by questioning whether Teshik-Tash 1 is truly a Neanderthal specimen (Glantz, 2008). The Teshik-Tash juvenile is thus an important fossil to understand the dynamics and possible cultural links between the hominins of the Near East and those of Central Asia.

Keywords

Fossil hominids; Neanderthals; Paleolithic period; Uzbekistan

Disciplines

Archaeological Anthropology

Language

English


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