Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


1 April 2012

The birds of Klissoura Cave 1: a window into the Upper Palaeolithic Greece

Zbigniew M. Bochenski & Teresa Tomek Eurasian Prehistory 7:2 (2010): 91-106.


The paper analyzes avian remains from Klissoura Cave 1, southern Greece. Of the 1835 remains representing at least 17 taxa, two species were particularly numerous – the rock partridge Alectoris graeca and the great bustard Otis tarda. One species, the eagle owl Bubo bubo is reported for the first time in fossil state from Greece. The high degree of fragmentation is probably due to burning and subsequent trampling. Some traces of butchering indicate that most of the birds are food remains of the Paleolithic and Mesolithic people who inhabited the site.


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