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Abri AudiFranceShelter
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Abri de Cap BlancFranceShelter
Abri de Cro-MagnonFranceShelter
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Explore Prehistoric Archaeological Sites with Gignos

Gignos serves as a comprehensive catalog of archaeological sites, meticulously curated to showcase historic and prehistoric locations of immense significance. These sites bear evidence of human activity preserved over millennia, offering invaluable insights into our ancient past.

Why 10,000 Years?

The 10,000-year threshold represents a pivotal period in human history, marking the transition from the last ice age and the emergence of Homo sapiens as the dominant species. This timeframe encapsulates crucial milestones in our evolutionary journey, making it a focal point for archaeological exploration and discovery.

Uncovering Ancient Treasures

At Gignos, we've meticulously documented approximately 477 archaeological sites older than 10,000 years. Among these, we've meticulously crafted rich content pages for 15 sites, offering immersive experiences for enthusiasts and researchers alike. However, the true extent of ancient sites awaiting discovery likely extends into the thousands, underscoring the vastness of human history yet to be revealed.

Understanding Paleoanthropological Archaeology Sites

Paleoanthropological archaeology sites represent invaluable windows into early human activity and evolution. These sites encompass a spectrum of discoveries, from ancient human fossils to tools and artifacts from early human cultures. Found predominantly in regions with a rich history of human occupation such as Africa, Asia, and Europe, these sites are crucial for unraveling the complexities of human development and societal evolution.

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Recently Added Sites

Boncuklu Tarla

Boncuklu Tarla is an archaeological site in the Southeastern Anatolia of Turkey. It is the remains of a settlement occupied from the Late Epipalaeolithic to Pre-Pottery Neolithic B periods, starting over 12,000 years ago. It was discovered in 2008 during an archaeological survey in advance of the construction of the Ilısu Dam and has been excavated by a team from Mardin Museum since 2012.

The discovery of a large communal building with stone pillars was reported at Boncuklu Tarla in 2019, prompting comparisons to Göbekli Tepe. It is an early example of rectangular plan architecture. The excavators also claimed to have found a sewer system, which if confirmed would be the oldest known in the world.

Pomongwe Cave

Pomongwe Cave is a cave and rock art site in Zimbabwe, located inside the Matobo National Park, one kilometer east of Maleme Dam. The cave, formed by negative exfoliation, lays the end of a small valley facing northeast. It is 20m long and 20 wide. The name Pomongwe is derived from the Kalanga word for 'melon' referring to the dome shaped hill.

Mumbwa Caves

The Mumbwa Caves are an archeological site in Zambia. The site has yielded artifacts that date from the Mesolithic, Neolithic and the Iron Age. The caves are a source of stratified, in situ deposits with faunal and human remains. Mumbwa, with its interior structures, demonstrates the complexity of the behavioral abilities of the people from the Mesolithic. Selection of raw materials along with features such as hearths suggests a population which was modern in its behaviors used to inhabit the Mumbwa Caves. Study and excavation of the Mumbwa Caves is helping to fill in the gaps in the late Pleistocene prehistory of south central Africa.

Kalemba Rockshelter

The Kalemba Rockshelter is an archaeology site located in eastern Zambia, at coordinates 14°7 S and 32°3 E. Local tradition recalls the use of the rock shelter as a refuge during the time of Ngoni raiding in the 19th century. The site is known for various rock paintings as well as advanced microlithic use.

Radiocarbon dates suggest that human occupation covered about 37,000 years at Kalemba. If the hypothesis that dates GX-2767 and GX-2768 are better represented by the dating to around 13,000 years BCE, then according to Phillipson, Phillipson the remaining dates are consistent and form a series that suggests several periods of occupation that follow: period 1, before 35,000 years BCE; period 2, c. 25,000 to 21,000 years BCE; Period 3, c. 15,000 to 11,000 years BCE, and period 4 < 6,000 years BCE.


Gignos Sites Terms and Metadata

Site Name

The name of the archaeological site or locality, housing specimens or remnants of human habitation or usage.

Site Identifier

A scientific identifier typically derived from publications, journals, or museum catalog systems, often unique to each site.

Site Types

The physical characteristics category of the site, currently encompassing Cave, Open-air, and Shelter. Future expansions may include additional types.

Site Usage

Describes the general usage of the site by its inhabitants, with options including 'Habitation' and 'Decorative,' indicating whether the site was used for living quarters and/or contains artistic works.

Date Range Min and Max

The site's date range is derived from research sources and is informed by the oldest and youngest dates associated with specimens found within the locality.


To safeguard cultural resources, location metadata is deliberately less precise. Data in the Gignos catalog is aggregated from existing sources, with no further granularity provided beyond what is publicly available.


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