Azokh Cave and the Transcaucasian Corridor by Yolanda Fernández-Jalvo, Tania King, Levon Yepiskoposyan,

By Yolanda Fernández-Jalvo, Tania King, Levon Yepiskoposyan, Peter Andrews

This edited quantity describes the geology, stratigraphy, anthropology, archaeology, relationship, taphonomy, paleobotany, paleontology and paleoecology of Azokh caves (also often called Azykh or Azikh). The chapters evaluate exhaustively the foremost fresh examine in this limestone karstic website, that is positioned close to the village of a similar identify within the sector of Nagorno Karabagh within the south-eastern finish of the Lesser Caucasus. the positioning is important because of its geographic position at a big migratory crossroad among Africa and Eurasia. those caves comprise a nearly entire sedimentary series of the transition among H.heidelbergensis and H. neanderthalensis continuing to later Pleistocene and Holocene stratified sediment. the location is usually vital as a result discovery of Neanderthal continues to be by way of the present study workforce as well as the center Pleistocene hominin fossils in the course of a prior section of excavation paintings led by means of M. Huseinov. on the middle of this e-book is the problem of the way this website pertains to human evolution.

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Campos, P. Domínguez-Alonso, Y. , H. Hayrabetyan, S. Hixson Andrews, N. Moloney, J. Murray, D. Marin-Monfort, M. Nieto, A. Pinto, and T. Sanz Martín. Specialists collaborators were: S. Hayrabetyan, E. Aracil, and J. Porres. Local field assistants from Azokh village were: T. Assyrian, K. Azatkhanyan, A. Arzumanian, S. Avanessyan, A. Bagdasaryan, A. Balasanyan, G. Balasanyan, M. Balasanyan, Z. Boghosian, V. Dalakyan, A. Gevorkian, M. Hayrabetian, H. Martirossyan, M. Ohanyan, and M. Zacharian. 2008 (8th July–14th August) Geological work during the 2008 season was focused on the Azokh 1 sedimentary sequence, providing information on the formation of the cave and the nature of the different deposits recorded in the cave of Azokh 1.

Hayrabetian, H. Martirossyan, M. Ohanyan, and M. Zacharian. 2008 (8th July–14th August) Geological work during the 2008 season was focused on the Azokh 1 sedimentary sequence, providing information on the formation of the cave and the nature of the different deposits recorded in the cave of Azokh 1. A trench was dug from the Lower platform of the cave to make a connection between the geological trench opened by the present excavation team in 2002 and the trench at the entrance opened by Huseinov’s team.

The taphonomic sequence of events that gave rise to the site formation of Azokh 1 is described here. Small mammal taphonomy is described in Chap. 15. Chapter 11: Bone Diagenesis at Azokh Caves Smith et al. (2016). Bone diagenesis processes transform the organic and mineral phases of bone during decay and fossilization. In order to understand how these processes have affected the skeletal material recovered from Azokh caves (and in particular to assess the organic preservation of the bones), “diagenetic parameters” of skeletal material from Holocene, Late Pleistocene and Middle Pleistocene deposits from Azokh caves have been measured.

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