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Research Article

Hominin Dispersal into the Nefud Desert and Middle Palaeolithic Settlement along the Jubbah Palaeolake, Northern Arabia

  • Michael D. Petraglia mail,

    michael.petraglia@rlaha.ox.ac.uk

    Affiliations: School of Archaeology, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, Human Origins Program, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C., United States of America

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  • Abdullah Alsharekh,

    Affiliations: Department of Archaeology, College of Tourism & Archaeology, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Ministry of Higher Education, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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  • Paul Breeze,

    Affiliation: Department of Geography, King’s College London, London, United Kingdom

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  • Chris Clarkson,

    Affiliation: School of Social Science, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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  • Rémy Crassard,

    Affiliation: CNRS, Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, Lyon, France

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  • Nick A. Drake,

    Affiliation: Department of Geography, King’s College London, London, United Kingdom

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  • Huw S. Groucutt,

    Affiliation: School of Archaeology, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Richard Jennings,

    Affiliation: Department of Archaeology, Connolly Building, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

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  • Adrian G. Parker,

    Affiliation: Department of Anthropology and Geography, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Ash Parton,

    Affiliation: Department of Anthropology and Geography, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Richard G. Roberts,

    Affiliation: Centre for Archaeological Science, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Ceri Shipton,

    Affiliation: School of Social Science, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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  • Carney Matheson,

    Affiliation: Department of Anthropology, Paleo-DNA Laboratory, Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada

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  • Abdulaziz al-Omari,

    Affiliation: The Saudi General Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, Taif Antiquities Office, Taif, Saudi Arabia

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  • Margaret-Ashley Veall

    Affiliation: Department of Anthropology, Paleo-DNA Laboratory, Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada

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  • Published: November 19, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0049840

About the Authors

Michael D. Petraglia, Huw S. Groucutt
School of Archaeology, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Michael D. Petraglia
Human Origins Program, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C., United States of America
Abdullah Alsharekh
Department of Archaeology, College of Tourism & Archaeology, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Abdullah Alsharekh
Ministry of Higher Education, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Paul Breeze, Nick A. Drake
Department of Geography, King’s College London, London, United Kingdom
Chris Clarkson, Ceri Shipton
School of Social Science, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Rémy Crassard
CNRS, Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, Lyon, France
Richard Jennings
Department of Archaeology, Connolly Building, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
Adrian G. Parker, Ash Parton
Department of Anthropology and Geography, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom
Richard G. Roberts
Centre for Archaeological Science, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Carney Matheson, Margaret-Ashley Veall
Department of Anthropology, Paleo-DNA Laboratory, Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada
Abdulaziz al-Omari
The Saudi General Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, Taif Antiquities Office, Taif, Saudi Arabia

Corresponding Author

Email: michael.petraglia@rlaha.ox.ac.uk

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: MP AA. Performed the experiments: RC HG RJ AP AP RR CS AO. Analyzed the data: PB CC RC ND HG RJ RR AP AP CM CS MV. Wrote the paper: RC ND HG CM MP RR CS.