Topic ID #6326 - posted 11/20/2009 3:06 PM

Neanderthal: Source Info on estimated # of fossil remains



jstarne4

I am working a dual Archaeology and GIS project of my choosing to document and map the locations where Neanderthal skeletal material has been recovered. In order to make a thematic version as well as a simple display map, I need data on how many individuals were recovered at each of the major sites.

The list I am working with will focus on the Neanderthals both classic and more gracile that date from 30 - 200 kya.

I normally don't surf wikipedia for material but the resource works well enough for getting lists and references. This list is a good start point for some information but is not providing the quantity of materials collected at each site.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_human_evolution_fossils



I would greatly appreciate any recommendations of books or online sources that catalog this information. If this project goes well I will start a blog and post this map online for others to use.


Thanks!




Post ID#16273 - replied 11/23/2009 10:58 AM



Dmack89

I assume this is a class project?

Good Luck finding online resources for this type of data - I don't suspect you will find much. This is one that may take old fashioned library work - digging out the references on each site and going to the tables to count - You may also want to try contacting labs/people that have already been working with Neanders and aske them for references. Don't be afraid to ask - some folks will be too busy (or self important) to respond, but you may be pleasantly surprised at how many folks are willing to provide guidance - and who may even be very interested in seeing your results for thier own research uses. If you can sell them on this being a tool you are willing to share when done, you may get some great responses.

Post ID#16276 - replied 11/23/2009 12:13 PM



cmarknicholson

The Palaeolithic Societies of Europe by Clive Gamble has an ok map in Chapter 5.

Post ID#16277 - replied 11/23/2009 12:28 PM



FireArch

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I would also look through Chris Stringer's work as well as that by Erik Trinkaus. Both have done much work over the last two decades documenting the various finds.

Post ID#16282 - replied 11/23/2009 7:45 PM



jstarne4

[quote:="cmarknicholson"]The Palaeolithic Societies of Europe by Clive Gamble has an ok map in Chapter 5.


Thanks! I will check it out post haste!

Post ID#16283 - replied 11/23/2009 7:47 PM



jstarne4

[quote:="FireArch"]I would also look through Chris Stringer's work as well as that by Erik Trinkaus. Both have done much work over the last two decades documenting the various finds.


I have and read Stringer's In Search of the Neanderthals book but I do not remember the tables with documented finds.


If I come up with something nice and useful I will post it as a tool or series of graphics.


Thanks!

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