International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution
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'Sklenář K, 1987: The Lower Palaeolithic Dwelling Structure at Přezletice and its Significance. Anthropologie (Brno) 25, 2: 101-103'.
The dwelling structure discovered at Přezletice Lower Palaeolithic site (Cromerian Interglacial, c. 0.7 million years B.P.) stood originally in an open site where it was sheltered from the north by a phthanite cliff which delimited a relatively small area on the bank of a sheet of water in the Elbe river system. This structure can be classified as a surface shelter with a probably vaulted roof, fixed in a foundation bank of local stones and earth external dimensions about 4x3 m), opened to the narrow space between the shelter and the cliff face; a simple fireplace was made in this space, and the activity of the inhabitants was concentrated round this fireplace (the shelter seems to have served only as a sleeping place). This dwelling structure was most probably used during winter. From the age assigned to the archaeological stratum, it can be claimed that the structure found at Přezletice is the oldest known man-made dwelling in Europe; the same can be said of the fireplace connected with it
Lower Palaeolithic — Přezletice — Dwelling structure — Fireplace

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