Rahul Sharma


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Geographical range  Levant
Preceded by  Emireh culture
Period  Upper Paleolithic
Followed by  Kebaran
Dates  c. 30,000 – c. 18,000 BCE

The Antelian culture is an Upper Paleolithic phase of the Levant (Syria, Lebanon, Israel) that evolved from the Emiran culture. The most important innovation in this period is the incorporation of some typical elements of Aurignacian, like some types of burins and narrow blade points that resemble the European type of Font-Yves.



  • Upper Paleolithic III (lower Antelian).
  • Upper Paleolithic IV (upper Antelian): proliferation of burin types and decrease in the number of Font-Yves points. First and almost only use of bone for tools in the region, very rare in any case.
  • Upper Paleolithic V (Athlitian): specialization of Antelian with a comeback of the Chatelperronian knives of the Emiran.
  • End of Antelian/Atlitian

    The appearance of the Kebarian culture, of microlithic type implies a significant rupture in the cultural continuity of Levantine Upper Paleolithic.


    Antelian Wikipedia

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