The Acheulian Site at Rodafnidia, Lisvori, on Lesbos, Greece: 2010–2012

Nena Galanidou, Constantin Athanassas, James Cole, Giorgos Iliopoulos, Athanasios Katerinopoulos, Andreas Magganas, John McNabb

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Rodafnidia is an Acheulian site on Lesbos Island, in the north-east Aegean Sea. This chapter presents the model that guided Paleolithic investigations on the island, the his-tory of research, and the results of the 2012 expedition of systematic work in the field, which consisted of surface sur-vey and excavation. The typology and technology of lithic artifacts from the surface and the uppermost Unit 1, as well as the first cluster of luminescence dates, firmly place the early component of the site in the Middle Pleistocene. The Acheulian industry derives from fluvio-lacustrine deposits at a locale with abundant fresh-water and lithic resources. Situated in the north-east Mediterranean Basin, an area where research on early hominin prehistory is intensifying, Rodafnidia holds the potential to contribute to Eurasian Lower Paleolithic archaeology and fill the gap in our under-standing of early hominin presence and activity where Asia meets Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPaleoanthropology of the Balkans and Anatolia: Human Evolution and its Context
EditorsK. Harvati, M. Roksandic
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9789402408744
ISBN (Print)9789402408737
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2017

Publication series

NameVertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series


  • Lower Paleolithic
  • Large cutting tools
  • Middle Pleistocene
  • West Asia
  • pIRIR dating


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