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Dealul Guran: evidence for Lower Palaeolithic (MIS 11) occupation of the Lower Danube loess steppe

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Radu Iovita
MONREPOS Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for Human Behavioural Evolution, RGZM, Schloss Monrepos, D-56567, Neuwied, Germany Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Deutscher Platz 6, Leipzig, D-04103, Germany
Kathryn E. Fitzsimmons
Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Deutscher Platz 6, Leipzig, D-04103, Germany
Adrian Dobos
Department of Palaeolithic Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology “Vasile Parvan” of the Romanian Academy of Sciences, 11 Henri Coanda Street, Sector 1, Bucharest 010667, Romania
Ulrich Hambach
Chair of Geomorphology, University of Bayreuth, Universitätsstraße 30, Bayreuth, D-95440, Germany
Alexandra Hilgers
Institute for Geography, University of Cologne, Albertus-Magnus-Platz, Cologne, D-50923, Germany
Anja Zander
Institute for Geography, University of Cologne, Albertus-Magnus-Platz, Cologne, D-50923, Germany


Owing to a thick blanket of loess and other later geological disruptions, the earliest hominins to reach Europe are hard to find. To a handful of possible sites, our authors add a new assemblage of lithics with a clear local context and corroborated OSL ages. Ancient humans were present in what is now Romania between 300 000 and 400 000 years ago.

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