It is suggested that two major Middle Palaeolithic cultural traditions can be identified in the western part of Central Asia: the Mousterian (Teshik-Tash type) and Laminar (Obi-Rakhmatian) ones. Lithic materials from the Obi-Rakhmatian type assemblages formed the basis for the regional model of the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition. Obi-Rakhmatian is divided into three successive stages - early, middle and late. While the early stages of the Obi-Rakhmatian are best described at the Kulbulak and Obi-Rakhmat sites, new developmental trends in knapping strategies during the middle and late phases of Obi-Rakhmatian were identified as a result of a detailed study of the Khudji assemblage (Tajikistan). Particular attention should be paid to the gradual spread of specialized technologies aimed at obtaining elongated blanks from wide-faced cores, as well as to changes in the ways truncated-faceted pieces were used.
|Translated title of the contribution||Technological variability of the obi-rakhmatian: The industry of Khudji Site, Western Pamir-Tien-Shan|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|