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Nicolas Zwyns

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My PhD research focuses on the onset of Upper Paleolithic behavior in Central and North-East Asia. Through the technological description of laminar assemblages, I try to identify technical traditions and to assess their chronological and geographical ranges. The data obtained are integrated into broader debates by comparing them with the existing scenarios of human dispersals.

I participate in several fieldworks in Europe and Asia, and I am currently co-directing the Tolbor 16 and Tolbor 17 excavations in Mongolia. These projects aim at improving our understanding of the peopling of Asia.

More generally, my interests also include the changes in lithic technology during the Middle to Upper Paleolithic in Europe and the Near-East.

Department of Human Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig