Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Rockshelter

Protection from weathering elements afforded by a natural geological outcrop that has been suberoded such that a room or cave exists. In anthropology, usually applied to a habitation site in which artifacts and other human debris can be found, constituting evidence of former occupation. In French, the term abris is applied to the location of a particular open site or rock shelter, yielding names such as Abri Pataud, and so forth.

See shelter.

Cf. covolo.

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