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“When the last fires were put out”: ethnographic analogy and the symbolic use of fire in the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic

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“When the last fires were put out” : ethnographic analogy and the symbolic use of fire in the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic. / Spikins, Penny; Kelly, Rebecca; Manzi, Liliana.

In: XXXII Convegno Internazionale di Americanistica, 2010.

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Spikins, P, Kelly, R & Manzi, L 2010, '“When the last fires were put out”: ethnographic analogy and the symbolic use of fire in the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic', XXXII Convegno Internazionale di Americanistica.

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Spikins, P., Kelly, R., & Manzi, L. (2010). “When the last fires were put out”: ethnographic analogy and the symbolic use of fire in the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic. XXXII Convegno Internazionale di Americanistica.

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Spikins P, Kelly R, Manzi L. “When the last fires were put out”: ethnographic analogy and the symbolic use of fire in the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic. XXXII Convegno Internazionale di Americanistica. 2010.

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Spikins, Penny ; Kelly, Rebecca ; Manzi, Liliana. / “When the last fires were put out” : ethnographic analogy and the symbolic use of fire in the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic. In: XXXII Convegno Internazionale di Americanistica. 2010.

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