Paleolithic Sites in Eurasia Overview

Paleolithic Sites in Eurasia

This map has its origin in an attempt to provide an index to Don Hitchcock's wonderful Paleolithic resource web site, Most of the links still lead onward to the detailed materials on this site.

As has several blogs that touch on aspects of the Paleolithic:

  1. The Animal Master: gives an overview of the lion (or feline) and the bear as the most likely candidates for the original primal personifications which had to be 'treated' with by our ancestors.
  2. A brief analysis of African hunters gives some interesting clues as to the sort of relationship and the different roles played by men and women in Paleolithic times.
  3. Hohlefehls in Swabia in Germany gives us some intriguing insights into the earliest Homo Sapiens to migrate into Europe about 40,000 years ago.
  4. Roc Aux Sorciers gives a very brief overview of a site where we come across one of the earliest depictions of a trinity of females about 12000BC
  5. Bear on the Vézère is just a note on a the anthropomorphic bear that complements the lion-man found at Hohlefehls.
  6. While in the Levant Mousterian tools of Homo Sapiens and Neanderthal man are indistinguishable, in Europe Mousterian flint tools are typically associated with Neanderthal man.
  7. The term 'Venus figurine' is misleading in my view for describing the many steatopygic females from this period and I use the more neutral term 'nude figurine' instead.
  8. The Bradshaw Foundation's Journey of Man interactive map traces the main migrations of Homo sapiens from 160,000 to 8,000 years ago.
Early migrations of Homo sapiens (Wikipedia)


  1. Orange Man IconMany of the map icons are very precise and if the orange-man-icon above the magnification slider is dragged (right-click mouse and hold down until over appropriate icon) over the icon of interest on the map, Google's Street-View kicks in and it may be possible to explore the area using the mouse. Click on the white 'X' top right to exit.
  2. Drag timeline from right to left to see sites for different periods. Zoom in and out on the map as appropriate.
  3. Works best in Chrome and Firefox. Fairly good in Safari but popups a bit jumpy in Internet Explorer 9.

Eurasian Paleolithic

Timeline was originally developed by David Huynh as part of the MIT SIMILE project sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Timemap was developed by Nick Rabinowitz for United Nations humanitarian purposes.     Send Feedback, or suggestions, about the map.