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Preliminary communication

Excavations in Ljubićeva Pećina near Marčana in the 2020 season

Tihomir Percan ; Croatian Conservation Institute, Department for Archaeology, Jurišići, Croatia
James C. M. Ahern ; Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, USA
Darko Komšo ; Archaeological Museum pf Istra, Pula, Croatia
Siniša Radović orcid id ; Institute for Quaternary palaeontology and geology, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb, Croatia
Mario Novak orcid id ; Centre for Applied Bioanthropology of the Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia
Katarina Gerometta orcid id ; Juraj Dobrila University, Pula, Croatia
Lia Vidas orcid id ; Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Ivor Janković orcid id ; Centre for Applied Bioanthropology of the Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia

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This paper provides the results of the archaeological excavations of Ljubićeva Pećina, a cave site near Marčana in Istria. The excavations were part of the Croatian Science Foundation project called “Prehistoric hunter-gatherers in Isstria and adjacent regions: Patterns of Late Pleistocene lifestyle and mobility (PREHISTRIA)“, which aims to gain a better insight into the different aspects of life of Late Glacial hunters and gatherers in the area of Istria and put them in a broader temporal and geographical framework. This year’s excavations uncovered archaeological material (pottery, lithic and faunal finds, and human skeletal remains) from different prehistoric periods (Bronze Age, Neolithic, and Paleolithic). Also, samples were taken for radiometric dating, the analysis of sedimentary and ancient DNA, geoarchaeological, archaeobotanical, and raw material analysis, ZooMS, and other kinds of analyses that will provide valuable new data on the past inhabitants of Ljubićeva Pećina. The obtained results will be situated in the geographical and chronological context of the Upper Paleolithic sites of Istria and nearby regions in order to gain a better insight into survival strategies, contact zones, and other parameters with regard to ecological factors and environmental changes.

Ivor Janković - corresponding author


Upper Paleolithic; Pleistocene; prehistoric archaeology; Istria; Late Glacial; PREHISTRIA

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