Chapter III: Middle Paleolithic (Mousterian) in Eurasia

[Lecture 2 delivered on 26 June 1991]


Overview by Geraldine Reinhardt

This second of fourteen lectures delivered by the prominent Soviet anthropologist Valery Alexeev at Harvard University concentrates on Middle Paleolithic archaeological sites with specific reference to the geographical areas of the Crimea, Southern Ukraine, Central Asia, and Siberia. The major focus of the lecture is one of Professor Alexeev's favorite topics: Paleolithic man in Eurasia. Alexeev discusses hominid finds at three specific sites: Kiik-Koba in the Crimea, Teshik-Tash in Uzbekistan, and Staroselie also in the Crimea. He then opens the question as to the relationship between Neandertal and Homo sapiens (5) and contrasts the interpretations of Russian archaeologists with those of prominent American paleo- anthropologists specifically referencing Ofer Bar-Yosef at Harvard and Milford Wolpoff at University of Michigan.


Middle Paleolithic (Mousterian) Studies

According to Alexeev, Middle Paleolithic studies of the then Soviet Union are much more extensive than Lower Paleolithic researches. Approximately 50-60 sites belonging to the Middle Paleolithic period have been excavated and all represent various versions of the Mousterian Culture.

Many archaeologists try to discern between local traditions or variations and a broader and more encompassing term, "culture". Local tradition can be the result of ecological adaptation or true tradition i.e. technologies such as flint working passed down from ancestors. At these Middle Paleolithic sites, no distinctive local traditions are evident; all variations are of the Mousterian Culture.


Geography of Mousterian Sites in Eurasia

Mousterian sites are located in the following geographical areas. In the mountainous areas of the Crimea are a special group of Mousterian cave sites. In southern Ukraine, the Dnieper Valley, along the Dniester River Valley, and along the border of Romania and the Republic of Moldavia are open air sites. Similar open air sites are also found in Russia in a region south of Moscow and close to the Ukraine, near the city of Voronezh. In the mountainous areas of the Caucasus, specifically in Georgia, there is another group of Mousterian cave sites. In Central Asia, near Tashkent, Uzbekistan there are Mousterian sites which have their own flint tradition. Also, Mousterian sites appear in Tadzhikistan. Some of these Central Asian sites are typically Mousterian while others are mixed i.e. both Mousterian and Lower Paleolithic and include primitive tools like choppers which are typical of Lower Paleolithic. In Siberia, Middle Paleolithic is known in the Altai Mountains but only based on very poor material finds. Siberian material is basically Upper Paleolithic. Mousterian tools include points, scrapers, and tools worked from both sides. The presence of Mousterian tools generally indicates Neandertal (6).


Paleolithic Man in Eurasia

As per Alexeev, in Eurasia there are three major cave sites in which Paleolithic hominid finds have been excavated. These sites include: Kiik-Koba in the Crimea, Teshik-Tash in Uzbekistan, and Staroselie also in the Crimea. Professor Ofer Bar-Yosef from Harvard University plans to visit the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) in the near future to date some of these early sites, including Teshik-Tash, which were excavated before C-14 dating became commonplace.


Mousterian Sites in Eurasia

Kiik-Koba in the Crimea, is a Mousterian cave site excavated by Gleb Bonch-Osmolovskii in 1924-1925 (7). The term Kiik-Koba is the Turkic word meaning "mountain goat cave". Excavation of the site by Bonch-Osmolovskii reveals a culture sequence of two layers with the lower level producing a disturbed grave containing the skeletal remains of an adult and a child.

The remains of the child, although poorly preserved, were reconstructed in 1976 by the major Czech paleoanthropologist Emanuel Vlcek (8) for the National Museum of Prague. The remains of the adult, consisting only of one hand and two feet, have been reported on by Bonch-Osmolovskii in two books written in Russian: one on the hand published in 1941 (9) and one on the two feet published in 1954 (10); summaries are in French. The adult skeletal remains consist of extremely massive bones even when compared to Classic Neandertal from France. Of special interest is the first finger of the hand; the basal bone is flat at the bottom and there is no opposable thumb; even in Classic Neandertal there is some opposability of the thumb.

Skeletal remains from the Kiik-Koba site have not been dated. Willard Libby's book on C-14 was not published until 1952 (11) and only a few preliminary articles appeared in the magazine "Science" a few years earlier. Thus at Kiik-Koba in the Crimea we have the presence of Early Neandertal with no opposable thumb but with a Mousterian Culture (12).

Teshik-Tash is a very small cave site located in the mountains of Central Asia near Bajsuntau, 350 km. southwest of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. This site was excavated in one season, 1938, by Aleksei Okladnikov. The site report was published by Okladnikov in 1940 (13) and contains a description of the human remains by Georgii Debetz (14).

Because World War II had just begun, the report and casts of the remains from Teshik-Tash were sent to Franz Weidenreich at the Laboratory of Human Paleontology in Beijing, China. Weidenreich later brought the casts to the Museum of Natural History in New York so both American and Soviet scholars could have access (15).

The Teshik-Tash finds reveal Mousterian tools with Neandertal skeletal remains. The remains were of a child, nine or ten years of age, with the skull crushed into over a hundred pieces. Reconstruction of the skull indicates the following morphological details: a weak development of the chin; a strong upper brow; a flat forehead bone (typical of Neandertal in classic form); great height to the skull; and a modern structure to the face. Debetz claims the child is Classic Neandertal, similar to European finds, while Weidenreich claims the child has many progressive features more similar to Progressive Neandertal of the Near East, particularly from Skhul and Qafzeh in Israel (16). Scholars currently agree with Weidenreich.

Originally the remains of the child were considered to be that of a male. Now, based on reconstruction of adult dimensions and stature by M.M. Gerasimov (17), the remains, measuring 142 cm, are now considered female. Grave goods consisting of wild goat horn as well as scrapers surrounded the skeletal remains. Some scholars believe the burial goods are accidental whereas Okladnikov believes the burial goods are intentional. Scholars today tend to agree with Okladnikov. Teshik-Tash is often cited as one of the early examples of Progressive Neandertal in a burial with Mousterian tools and other grave goods.

Staroselie Cave, according to Alexeev, is located in the Crimea and is similar to Mousterian cave sites in France and Germany. The site was excavated by A.A. Formosov (18) in 1952-57 with the burial excavated in 1953. Professor Alexeev and his wife participated in the excavation. The remains are of a child considered to be approximately one year old; however, some American paleontologists think two to three years old (a female paleontologist from University of Pennsylvania thinks two to three years old). Morphologically the skull cap is large (the child possibly suffered from hydrocephaly), there is an absence of a thick brow, and the projection of the head is modern. There is no doubt that the burial is Homo sapiens sapiens. Based on the contents of organic material in the skeletal remains, C-14 dating has revealed three absolute dates at 52,000 - 60,000 + 4 - 5,000 BC. Thus we have at Staroselie the remains of Homo sapiens sapiens with Mousterian tools at a date ca. 52-60,000 BC.

As per the "Great Soviet Encyclopedia", Staroselie is a cave site near the city of Bakhchisarai in the Crimea. The site is of the Mousterian culture, was discovered by Formosov in 1952, and the remains of the child has many sapiens traits which distinguish it from Neandertal; the child is either a representation of Homo sapiens or a form between Neandertal and Homo sapiens.


Implication of Fossil Remains

Based on the above evidence, it appears that the Mousterian Culture can relate to both Neandertal and Homo sapiens. Compared with some absolute dates by Ofer Bar-Yosef of early Homo sapiens sapiens from Skhul and Qafzeh at 100,000 BC, Staroselie (52,000 - 60,000 + 4-5,000 BC) is a late date. Compared with Saint Cesaire, France (19), a site excavated five to six years ago depicting morphologically typical (likely late) Neandertal with culture tools of early Upper Paleolithic and dating at 34,000 BC - 37,000 BC, Staroselie is an early date. This comparison demonstrates how complex was the formation of Homo sapiens sapiens.


Geographic Distribution of Neanderthal and Homo sapiens

An analysis of the geographic distribution of Neandertal and Homo sapiens is as follows. At Shanidar (20) in Iraq are found completely primitive skeletons (Neandertal) dating to 60,000 BC - 70,000 BC. At Amud Cave in Israel is primitive Neandertal, similar to Shanidar in Iraq. At Qafzeh in Israel is Homo sapiens dating to 100,000 BC and at Skhul in Israel is Homo sapiens dating similarly at 100,000 BC. The distance from Amud (primitive Neandertal) to Kafzeh (Homo sapiens sapiens) in Israel = 15 km; the distance from Amud (primitive Neandertal) to Skhul (Homo sapiens) in Israel = 20 km.

Modern human forms i.e. Homo sapiens sapiens first appear in Israel at Skhul and Kafzeh at 100,000 BC. They then appear in the Crimea at Staroselie at 60,000 BC. However, in Iraq at Shanidar is primitive Neandertal at 60 - 70,000 BC; at Amud in Israel is primitive Neandertal at 60 - 70,000 BC; and in the Crimea at Kiik-Koba (not dated) is primitive Neandertal.

In the Crimea at Staroselie (at 60,000 BC) is a modern morphology; in the Crimea at Kiik-Koba (not dated) is a primitive morphology. However, both Staroselie and Kiik-Koba have similar Mousterian artifacts and the geographic distance = 50 km. As is true above, the cultures are mixed; Mousterian is usually associated with Neandertal, but also can be associated with a modern morphology. At Staroselie is a modern morphology with a primitive Mousterian culture; this is in opposition to Saint-Cesaire where there is a primitive morphology and an advanced culture.


Debate between Professors Bar-Yosef and Alexeev

Professor Bar-Yosef views this early landscape as being comprised of various hominid groups with various cultural traditions moving through the region but with these various groups not being in contact with each other. Professor Alexeev disagrees and believes there must have been contact: "we know something about the longevity of these various groups but nothing aboout their demography".

Most ssholars believe Neandertal has nothing to do with the formation of Homo sapiens. This view is countered by Professors Alexeev and Wolpoff. Milford Wolpoff in Paleoanthropology (21), one of the better books accessible to non experts, claims that Classic Neandertal did in some geographic areas relate to Homo sapiens. Classic Neandertal became extinct 40 - 50,000 years ago. Professor Alexeev sees no significant genetic variability (less than 10%) between Neandertal and Homo sapiens to prevent breeding: "Homo sapiens neandertalinsis and Homo sapiens sapiens have morphological differences no greater than that between Bushmen and Eskimos or between Scandinavians and Australian aborigines".

In Siberia archaeological dates do not exceed 40,000 BC. i.e. there is a general absence of a Mousterian Culture


[Lecture 3 delivered on 1 July 1991]


Overview by Geraldine Reinhardt

In this the third lecture delivered by Professor Alexeev, slides are presented depicting remains from Middle Paleolithic sites. Two new Mousterian sites are introduced: Mezin and Molodova and a brief geography of the western Siberia is given.

Middle Paleolithic Sites

Alexeev continues: in addition to the Middle Paleolithic (Mousterian) sites of Kiik-Koba in the Crimea, Teshik-Tash in Uzbekistan, and Staroselie also in the Crimea, there are two additional sites located in Ukraine: Mezin and Molodova.

Mezin (22) is located in the Dnieper Valley of Ukraine. As per Alexeev, at this site a house composed of mammoth bones and skins has been discovered. This find is quite intriguing in that a nomadic group could feed and shelter themselves for an entire winter season based on the kill of one mammoth.

As per the "Great Soviet Encyclopedia", Mezin was discovered by F.K. Volkov in 1908 and periodically investigated from 1909-1961 by P.P. Efimenko, M. Ia. Rudinskii, I.G. Shovkoplias and others. At the site are remains of dwellings and places where flint and bone were worked. Hearths were dug outside dwellings; the dwellings have a diameter of up to 6 m. and are built directly on the ground. Other dwellings are made of wood, covered with skins and edged with bones of animals.

More than 4,000 flint tools have been found as well as sculptured female figurines and animals of ivory. Drawings on large mammoth bones were made with red ochre; seashells of southern origin were used as pendants.

Molodova (23) is located in Southwest Ukraine on the right bank of the Dniester River. The site was investigated in the 1950's and 1960's by O.P. Chernysh. This site is of importance because settlements of various periods ranging from Mousterian to Mesolithic have been discovered; and here is found early evidence of building construction. At the site a structure of bones encircling tools has been found; likely fire was kept in the center. This site also produces Mousterian artifacts and tools. C-14 dates are at 44,000 BP as per the "Great Soviet Encyclopedia".


Summary of Mousterian Sites in Eurasia

The number of Mousterian sites in Eurasia is 60 +; many are known only by tools found on the surface while others have been excavated. In general, these Mousterian sites are concentrated in several geographical areas. Only a few sites are found in the North regions i.e. nothing from Finland etc. All sites are located in flat areas where the climate is comfortable. Open air sites have been located in Central Russia, an area of great forests and huge steppes. In the Crimea and East Central Asia, caves were used as houses; here there is no evidence of wooden or bone construction. Open air and cave sites are indicative of Mousterian. Middle Paleolithic = Mousterian.

The physical anthropology of these Mousterian sites is as follows. The site of Kiik-Koba in the Crimea produced an individual with extremely massive bones and without an opposable thumb. This is identified by Alexeev as Early Neandertal. At Teshik-Tash in Uzbekistan, Mousterian tools are found with Neandertal skeletal remains. Scholars are in general agreement that these remains are of Progressive Neandertal. At Staroselie in the Crimea, C-14 dating at 52-60,000 BC places Homo sapiens sapiens with Mousterian tools. At Mezin and Molodova we have building construction associated with Mousterian artifacts and tools. Based on this evidence, the Mousterian Culture can relate to both Neandertal and Homo sapiens.


Brief Geography Lesson

In western Siberia the Ob River runs south to north. This area is a flat plain at sea level. The Yenissei River begins in the south Siberian Mountains and proceeds north. The Lena River begins near Lake Baikal and also flows north.


Notes for Chapter III

[Please note that I was not present for lecture 2 and borrowed the notes from my classmate Sean Harriman]

5. Accurate representation of these terms should be Homo sapiens sapiens and Homo sapiens neandertalensis; however, for brevity many scholars shorten the terms to Homo sapiens and Neandertal.

6. That mousterian "generally" relates to Neandertal does not mean "always". As indicated below, there are sites with mousterian tool assemblages and Homo sapiens remains.

7. HOLLIS lists five publications for Kiik-Koba by Gleb A. Bonch Osmolovskii:

1940.   "Paleolit Kryma"; akademiia nauk SSSR. (HOLLIS lists two keywords: archaeology and hand).

1940.   "Grot Kiik-Koba; Moskva, Leningrad: Izdatel'stvo Akademii nauk SSSR.

1941.   "Kist iskopaemogo cheloveka grota Kiik-Koba"; Moskva, Leningrad: Izdatel'stvo Akademii nauk SSSR.

1952.    "The hand of Kiik-Koba man: originally published in Moscow in 1941 as "Kist iskopaemogo cheloveka grota Kiik-Koba" and translated by Mrs. David Huxley for Henry Field; Washington.

1954.    "Skelet stopy i goleni iskopaemogo cheloveka iz grota Kiik-Koba" [Skeletal feet and legs found in the cave of Kiik-Koba]; Moskva: Izatel'stvo Akademii nauk SSSR.

For Kiik-Koba, the "Great Soviet Encyclopedia", volume 12, p. 453 references:

1953.    "Pervobytnoe obshchestvo" by P.P. Efimenko; 3rd edition; published in Kiev.

8. Assuming Alexeev's date of 1976 for the reconstruction is accurate then the only relevant text by Emanuel Vlcek is:

1980.   "Bilzingsleben: Homo erectur, seine Kultur und seine Umwelt"; co-edited with Dietrich Mania and Volker Toepfer; published in Berlin by Deutscher Verlag der Wissenschaften.

An earlier volume by Vlcek:

1969.   "Neandertaler der tschechoslowaker" published in Prag: Academia; also Wien, Loln, Graz, and Bohlau.

9. This volume is:

1941.   "Kist iskopaemogo cheloveka iz grota Kiik-Koba" by Gleb Bonch Osmolovskii; published in Moscow.

This volume was translated from the Russian to English in 1952 for Henry Field (at Harvard) by Mrs. David Huxley:

1952.   "Hand of Kiik Koba man" translated by Mrs. David Huxley; published in Washington, DC.

10. Publication on the skeletal feet and legs found in Kiik-Koba Cave is:

1954.   "Skelet stopy i goleni iskopaemogo cheloveka iz grota Kiik-Koba" by Gleb Bonch Osmolovskii; published in Moscow: Izatel'stvo Akademii nauk SSSR.

11. The text is:

1952.   Willard F. Libby. "Radiocarbon dating" by Willard F. Libby; published in Chicago: University of Chicago Press (a second edition was published in 1955).

12. Alexeev calls this find at Kiik-Koba Early Neandertal and stresses the massive size of the bone structure when compared with Classic Neandertal from France. Alexeev also calls Kiik-Koba a Mousterian site and states that the remains had no opposable thumb. According to Arutiunov, Mousterian tools were indeed found at Kiik-Koba and these tools could be used by a hand without an opposable thumb simply by grasping with the entire hand.

The "Great Soviet Encyclopedia" confirms that Bonch-Osmolovskii discovered the site in 1924-26, that the burial was of Neandertal man of the classical type, and that the small flint implements and bones of giant deer, red deer, saiga, wild horse, ass etc. indicate early Mousterian times. Kiik-Koba is a grotto on the right bank of the Zuia River 25 km east of Simferopol, Crimea.

Another reference on Kiik-Koba from the "Great Soviet Encyclopedia" is:

1953.   "Pervobytnoe obshchestvo" by P.P. Efimenko; (3rd edition); Kiev.

13. Okladnikov's report on Teshik-Tash, published in 1940 cannot be located in HOLLIS or Library of Congress on-line search. However, the "Great Soviet Encyclopedia" references that in 1938-1939 Okladnikov discovered a habitation site of the Mousterian culture and excavated the skull and several bones of a Neandertal child 8 or 9 years old. The skull was of a large capacity with a brow ridge and prominent nose. As well, Arutiunov says that in 1958 Okladnikov was telling his students about the process of the excavations. It should be mentioned that Arutiunov was Okladnikov's student).

Both HOLLIS and the "Great Soviet Encyclopedia" reference the following:

1949.   "Teshik-Tash. Paleoliticheskii chelovek" (collection); Moscow (Russia). Universitet. Nauchno-issledovatel'skii institut antropologii; published by Izd-vo Moskovskogo universiteta.

HOLLIS also references the following:

n.d.   "Teshik-Tash: a mousterian cave site in Central Asia" by Hallam Movius Jr. [no publication information available].

For Teshik-Tash the "Great Soviet Encyclopedia" also references:

1966.   "Vneevropeiskie paleoantropy" in (collection) "Iskopaemye hominidy i proiskhozhdenie cheloveka"; published in Moscow.

In a personal communication with Olga Soffer, I was told that Teshik-Tash was not Okladnikov's site. Professor Lamberg-Karlovsky told me Movius wrote about Teshik-Tash but that it was not his site. And Arutiunov states that Okladnikov excavated at Teshik-Tash, that this is noted in the "Great Soviet Encyclopedia", and that Okladnikov gave information of his excavations at Teshik-Tash to his students, one of whom was Arutiunov. Current analysis suggests that Teshik-Tash likely was Okladnikov's site.

14. Publications by Debetz, Alexeev's mentor, include:

1948.   "Paleoantropologiia SSSR"; published in Moskva: Izd-vo Akademii nauk SSSR.

1951.   "Antropologicheskie issledovaniia v Kamchatskoi oblasti"; published in Moskva: Izd-vo Akademii Nauk SSSR.

1970.   "Physical anthropology of Afghanistan" translated by Eugene V. Prostov and edited by Henry Field; Cambridge, Mass: Peabody Museum.

1974.    "Rasogeneticheskie protsessy v etnicheskoi istorii"; published in Moskva: Nauka.

15. Professor Alexeev and I would meet on Saturday afternoons at Quincy House in Cambridge. During one of our talks he told me that Weidenreich published seven volumes on Sinanthropus but that the Sinanthropus remains were lost during the war. In Carleton Coon's 1954 text The Story of Man, Coon states that casts were made of the Sinanthropus remains because the Chinese government wanted the originals to stay in Peking. Weidenreich, when forced to leave China, carried the casts with him to New York. Attempts were made to ship the originals to the United States via the "S.S. President Harrison" but the train carrying the remains to the coast was seized by the Japanese and the remains disappeared.

Weidenreich's publications on Sinanthropus are as follows:

1935.   "The Sinanthropus population of Choukoutien (locality 1) with a preliminary report on new discoveries". No publication information; however this volume is cataloged at Tozzer.

1936.   "The mandibles of Sinanthropus pekinensis: a comparative study"; published in Peiping: Geological Survey of China.

1936.   "Observations on the form and proportions of the endocranial casts of Sinanthropus pekinensis, other hominids and the great apes: a comparative study of brain size"; published in Peiping: Geological Survey of China.

1937.   "The dentition of Sinanthropus pekinensis: a comparative odontography of the hominids"; published in Peiping: Geological Survey of China.

1939.   "Six lectures on Sinanthropus pekinensis and related problems; published in Peiping.

1941.   "The extremity bones of Sinanthropus pekinensis"; published in Peiping: Geological Survey of China.

1943.    "The skull of Sinanthropus pekinensis: a comparative study on a primitive hominid skull"; published in Pehpei, Chungking: Geological Survey of China.

16. Skhul and Qafzeh caves are in Israel. One reference to Qafzeh is:

1981.   "Les hommes fossiles de Qafzeh" by Bernard Vandermeersch; published in Paris: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.

Another is:

1981.   Bernard Vandermeersch and Ofer Bar-Yosef; "Notes concerning the possible age of Mousterian layers at Qafzeh Cave" in Prehistoire du Levant; edited by J. Cauvin and P. Sanlaville; Paris; CNRS.

Alexeev claims that Weidenreich calls the remains of the child from Teshik-Tash "Progressive Neanderthal" and Alexeev relates it to the finds from Skhul and Qafzeh. Alexeev also claims that Debets, using the same skeletal remains, calls them "Classic Neandertal". As well, the "Great Soviet Encyclopedia" labels the remains from Teshik-Tash as Neandertal. Weidenreich's research was with Sinanthropus pekinensis. In Carleton Coon's text "The Story of Man", 1954, Coon depicts his restorations in plates II and III of a male Sinanthropus, a female Neandertal, and a Neanderthaloid (Skhul V) from the Cave of the Kids at Mount Carmel. For his reconstructions, Coon states "the skulls and jaws were restored, and then the missing portions were filled in with imagination. Then the muscles were laid on, and finally the skin and hair were conjured up. The form of the soft parts, including lips, nose tips, ears, and hair, are wholly conjectural". Now, when I examine the photographs of the reconstructions, I am drawn to the immediate conclusion that all three restorations i.e. Sinanthropus, Neandertal, and Skhul V (which Coon calls an evolutionary stage between Neandertal and modern man and which Ofer Bar-Yosef labels Homo sapiens sapiens with a date at 100,000 BC) are very similar and are likely varieties of one species with most differences in facial features being in the areas of conjecture. According to Arutiunov: "many scholars claim that Classic Neandertal cannot be an ancestor to Homo sapiens sapiens at all. However, Progressive Neandertal certainly is ancestor to Homo sapiens".

17. A relevent HOLLIS listing for Gerasimov:

1973.   "Antropologicheskaia rekonstruktsiia i problemy paleoethografii; sbornik pamiati"; published in Moskva: Nauka.

18. According to Arutiunov: "Formosov excavated at Staroselie and when the child was found, Roginskii, Gerasimov, and Zamiatin arrived to verify the find. Alexeev and his wife participated in the excavation".

New excavations were undertaken as part of the Joint Ukrainian/American Middle Paleolithic of the Crimea Project by Anthony Marks et. al and were designed to provide new, more detailed information concerning the cultural and natural stratigraphy and to acquire materials for absolute dating by uranium-series, electron spin resonance (ESR), and thermoluminescence (TL) on burned flint. During the 1993-94 excavations, two burials were uncovered: one of an infant (including only legs and feet) and the second of a middle-aged adult. The infant was buried in a semi-flexed position and the adult in an extended anatomical position. Neither burial included grave goods. These burials followed Muslim burial practices of an extended position on the back, with the head to the west and the face to the south. The Kanly-Dere Gorge where the re-excavations took place, was a tradition burial area during late-medieval times with a 17th-18th century Muslim cemetery just inside the canyon's east side ca. 100 m from Staroselie. Based on careful stratigraphic excavation, it is concluded by Marks et. al that the Staroselie child was an intrusive late-medieval burial (Current Anthropology, vol. 38, no. 1, February, 1977).

HOLLIS lists the following relevent publications by Formosov:

1958.   "Peshchernaia stoianka Starosel'e i ee mesto v paleolite"; published in Moskva: Izd-vd Akademii Nauk SSSR.

1980.   "Pamiatniki pervobytnogo iskusstva na territorii SSSR" published in Moskva: Nauka.

1995.   "Antologiia sovetskoi arkheologii: 1917-1933; published in Moskva: Institut arkheologii RAN; Gosudarstvennyi istoricheskii muzei.

The "Great Soviet Encyclopedia" references the above 1958 publication as well as:

1966.   "Gominidy vtoroi poloviny srednego i nachala verkhnego pleistotsena Evropy" by V.P. Alekseev; in "Iskopaemye gominidy i proiskhozhdenie cheloveka"; published in Moscow.

As per Arutiunov, a recent publication by Alexeev on Staroselie is:

1993.   "Obshchemie", part 5 in "Ethnografichesiese oborremie"; vol. 5, p. 133-142.

19. A recent reference to Saint Cesaire is:

1993.   "Context of a late Neandertal: implications of multidisciplinary research for the transition to Upper Paleolithic adaptations at Saint-Cesaire, Charante-Maritime, France" edited by Francois Leveque, Anna Mary Backer, and Michel Guilbaud; published in Madison, Wis: Prehistory Press.

20. For Shanidar Cave I find four major references. Alexeev referenced the one by Erik Trinkaus:

1959.   Senyurk, Muzaffer Suleyman; "A study of the deciduous teeth of the fossil Shanidar infant"; published in Ankara: Turk Tarih Hurumu Basimevi.

1971.   Solecki, Ralph; "Shanidar, the first flower people"; published in New York: Knopf.

1981.   Solecki, Rose; "An early village site at Zawi Chemi Shanidar"; published in Malibu, CA: Undena Publications.

1983.   Trinkaus, Erik; "The Shanidar Neandertals"; published in New York: Academic Press.

21. Reference to Wolpoff's text is:

1980.  "Paleoanthropology" by Milford Wolpoff 

22. A recent publication on the Dnieper River Region is:

1992.   "Istoryko-kul'turnyii rozvytok Pivdennoho Podniprov'ia v IX-XIV" by A.O. Kozlovs'kyi and published in Kyiv: Nauk. dumka.

The only publication listed in HOLLIS for the Mezyn site is:

1981.   "Drevneishii muzykal'nyi kompleks iz kostei mamonta: ocherk material'noi i dukhovnoi kul'tury paleoliticheskogo cheloveka" by Sergei Nikolaevich Bibikov; published in Kiev: Nauk. dumka.

The "Great Soviet Encyclopedia" references Mezin as an upper Paleolithic settlement and lists the following publication:

1965.   "Mexinskaia stoinka" by I.G. Shovkoplias; published in Kiev.

23. For the site Molodova, HOLLIS lists:

1982.   "Molodova I: unikal'noe must'erskoe poselenie na Srednem Dnestre" by Irina Ivanova Konstantinovna; published in Moskva: Izdatel'stvo "Nauka".

1987.   "Mnogosloinaia paleoliticheskaia stoianka Molodova V: liudi damennogo veka i okryzhaiushchaia sreda: k Xii Kongressu INKVS (Kanada)" by Gavriil Ivanovich Goretskii; published in Moskva: Nauka.

The "Great Soviet Encyclopedia" lists:

1961.   "Paleolitychna stoianka Molodove V" by O.P. Chernysh; published in Kiev.