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The Nature of Difference

History and lithic use-wear at two Upper Palaeolithic sites in Central Europe

Silvia Tomášková


The starting point of this investigation was the striking absence in the archaeological literature of any detailed comparison between two significant Central European sites, despite their proximity in both geographical and temporal (roughly 30,000 to 25,000 years before the present) terms. This silence was even more startling considering the fame that these two localities have enjoyed over the century since they were excavated - Willendorf II primarily in 1908, Dolni Vestonice starting in 1924 and continuing into the present. A sensitively written treatment, taking the author back across many borders.