Combe Grenal and, in particular, reinforcing the specific correlations proposed with the general climatic succession in deep-sea cores.
The stratigraphic and climatic sequence recorded in the lower shelter at Le Moustier (Figs 2.27-2.29) is important because it complements the evidence recorded at Combe Grenal and Pech de l'Aze II by adding much more detail to the pattern of climatic events during the later stages of the Mousterian sequence between ca 55,000 and 40,000 BP
(Peyrony 1930; Laville 1975; Laville et al 1980; Paquereau 1975; Valladas et al 1986; Mellars & Grim 1991). As noted earlier, these final stages in the Mousterian sequence are not well represented at Combe Grenal and cannot be dated with any confidence or precision in absolute terms. By contrast, we now have what would seem to be an internally coherent and apparently secure chronology for the stratigraphic sequence in the lower shelter at Le Moustier, based on long and detailed sequences of both TL measurements
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