For several years, discoveries give evidence of the occupation of the Southern Europe during 1,3 million years. The man is near Europe towards 1,6-1,7 million years (Dmanisi, Causase). The North of the continent seems occupied later. The chronological context of the man in Europe is thus considerably widening, as well as the paléoenvironnemental studies which allow to understand better the impact of the climatic variations on the livable spaces. The recent studies it traceology and technology show that tradition and activities are strictly connected and that the function of the site, thus the mobility of the people within a territory, is in the centre of a vast debate on the meaning of the variability of the lithic tools in the lower and middle Paleolithic.
It seems very interesting within the framework of this debate to assess recent data and to confront the results with the European ladder.
- Function and types of sites, mobility and notion of territory, continuity
and discontinuity of the occupations.
- New technological and cognitive approaches
- New paléoenvironnemental approaches