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Figure 10.2 Frequencies of main faunal species associated with different levels of Denticulate and Quina Mousterian in levels 22-11 at Combe Grenal - indicating a lack of any simple correlation between the type of industry and the associated fauna. From Mellars 1970.

Industry

Denticulate Denticulate Denticulate Denticulate

Quina Quina

Denticulate

Quina

Quina

Reindeer

Horse

Bovids

Reindeer

Horse

Bovids

Industry

Denticulate Denticulate Denticulate Denticulate

Quina Quina

Denticulate

Quina

Quina

Figure 10.2 Frequencies of main faunal species associated with different levels of Denticulate and Quina Mousterian in levels 22-11 at Combe Grenal - indicating a lack of any simple correlation between the type of industry and the associated fauna. From Mellars 1970.

Whether we can identify any clear patterns in the particular skeletal elements of animal species associated with particular industrial variants remains to be seen. At Combe Gre-nal, there are some possible hints of such patterns - as for example in the apparently stronger representation of reindeer head and teeth remains in several levels of Denticulate Mousterian in the upper levels of the sequence than in those of the immediately preceding Charentian (Ferrassie and Quina) horizons (Fig. 7.5; Chase 1986a). However, these patterns are by no means simple and in fact one of the highest ratios of reindeer heads and jaws to postcranial bones was recorded not in a level of Denticulate Mousterian but in one of the richest and most typical Ferrassie Mousterian levels, in layer 27 (Chase 1986a: Fig. 8). Any suggestion of a direct, causative link between the character of faunal exploitation and the composition of the associated lithic industries seems to be contradicted by the detailed evidence from Combe Grenal.

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