Publishing the Palaeolithic: acceptance rates, impact factors and publication times

Palaeolithic archaeology is closely intertwined with a range of disciplines such as evolutionary anthropology, quaternary sciences, palaeoclimatology, biology and ecology, making it important to get excavation, faunal and lithic data widely published and accessible. With the absence of a journal specifically dedicated to Palaeolithic Archaeology, choosing the right journal isn’t always easy. Elsevier now has…

Neanderthal genome data and scenarios for the origins of modern humans

Two polarising models, Recent African Origin (RAO) and Multiregional Evolution (MRE), have dominated modern human origins debates since the 1980s. A recent paper by Holliday, Gautney and Friedl published in Current Anthropology explores how the successful sequencing of the Neanderthal genome, indicating gene flow between Neanderthals and Modern Humans, influences the feasibility of these two…

Did the CI volcanic eruption play a role in the transition from the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic?

Horizons of volcanic tephra were repeatedly deposited across Mediterranean and Eastern Europe throughout the Pleistocene, providing a distinct chronological marker. One of these main tephra events, the Campanian Ignimbrite (CI), took place around the time of the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition. Its influence on Neanderthal and early modern human populations and cultural changes has…

Upper Palaeolithic mammoth mega-sites: a dog’s dinner?

The discovery and excavation of Palaeolithic sites with vast quantities of mammoth material is a source of both wonder and considerable academic debate. In particular, the large Upper Palaeolithic localities from eastern Europe with structures made from mammoth bones. However, despite a long history of research the actual process of how these remains were acquired…