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Reviewing human subsistence strategies at the Lower Palaeolithic site of Isernia La Pineta (Molise, Italy) through recent archaeozoological investigations on large mammals
Sharada Channarayapatna  1@  , Giuseppe Lembo  1@  , Carlo Peretto  1@  , Ursula Thun Hohenstein  1, *@  
1 : University of Ferrara, Department of Humanities  (UNIFE)  -  Site web
Corso Ercole I d'Este 32 44121 Ferrara -  Italie
* : Auteur correspondant

The Lower Palaeolithic, open-air site of Isernia La Pineta is situated in south-central Italy, Molise. Set within a complex stratigraphic series composed of fluvial and lacustrine deposits, travertine and volcanic tuffs impacted by tectonic movements, the site's chronology was recently refreshed to 583-561ka, with the 40Ar/39Ar dating of the first human remain, a deciduous incisor, discovered in 2014. An extremely rich site in terms of archaeological artifacts such as lithics and faunal remains, it bears testimony to palimpsests which reflect adaptive subsistence strategies adopted by human groups in four stratified archaeosurfaces, identified in two sectors of the excavation (3c, 3a, 3s10 in sect I; 3a in sect II). Faunal remains from the site have been subjected to several archaeozoological studies and highlight the dominance of large ungulates hunted for their nutrition rich anatomical parts by hominids. However, in the recent years, the results from these studies were updated with the study of faunal remains recovered from recent excavation seasons at the site with new methodological approaches. This paper, hence, aims to present a summary of refreshed data on archaeofauna which continue to support an anthropic accumulation of animal remains with taphonomic evidence of intentional fracturing on fresh bone, impact areas, morphotypes of fractures, percussion cones and cut-marks produced by lithic tools. 

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