Discussion and debate: Reflections on Pleistocene Island Occupation

Nellie Phoca-Cosmetatou*, Ryan J. Rabett

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Editorial Note: Within a 48-hour period during January 2014, the JMA co-editors received two papers—those of Curtis Runnels and Thomas P. Leppard printed above—that, quite fortuitously, each addressed the topic of Mediterranean island colonization by archaic hominins, albeit from radically different perspectives. Neither author was aware of the other’s paper, nor has either article subsequently been revised to take account of the other. Realizing the widespread current interest in this subject and the possibility for productive debate prompted by such variant approaches, we commissioned three sets of comments and invited Runnels and Leppard to respond. We are pleased to publish this discussion around questions of great importance for our understanding of the earliest insular prehistory of the Mediterranean, and with significant implications reaching well beyond it.

    Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 27.2 (2014) 255-278

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)255-259
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Mediterranean Archaeology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Bibliographical note

    This is one of 5 articles that contributed to the discussion detailed in the abstract - contents page of Journal issue gives further information on other contributions

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Archaeology


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