The amount of research on the Late Upper Paleolithic period in Portugal is small but steadily growing. Looking at the smaller pieces allows researchers to view the larger picture and begin to piece together the uses of resources and patterns in landscape usage such as at Pomar, Portugal. Data acquired while working on a field excavation in Central Portugal is creating a new perspective of Neolithic human habitation of the area. The site at Pomar has been determined to be a natural flint source that was heavily and repeatedly utilized as a warehouse for stone tools 10,000 to 40,000 years ago. Systematic pedestrian survey and sampling from two test pits have provided the preliminary results discussed in this presentation. Previous and on-going work in nearby areas is consistent with the new data and has begun to raise further questioning regarding seasonal migration, long distance trade and natural resource use.
Stephanie Hawkins, ’07 Evanston, IL
Sponsor: Benjamin Greenstein