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Taphonomy

 
New Excavations
Five years of excavations in the central portion of the cave, where the Tayacian layers are still preserved, has yielded an extremely poor industry with very few flakes, tools or cores. Moreover, roughly two-thirds of the assemblage exhibits some kind of edge damage.

Complete Flakes 345
Flake Fragments 283
Complete Tools 38
Tool Fragments 40
Excavations last year in the front of the cave, below the hominid find location, has resulted in the rediscovery of dark stains that Henri-Martin identified as hearths. While geochemical analysis is still in progress, the stains appear to be manganese. The soils on the plateau above the cave are also known to be very rich in manganese.
Damaged Pieces
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