Chronostratigraphy of the Pleistocene/Holocene boundary: the Azilian problem in the Franco-Cantabrian region
The chrono-stratigraphic evidence for the Azilian of Vasco-Cantabrian Spain and France is reviewed and found to range from the Allerød to the Preboreal. A survey of the associated artifact and fauna assemblages indicates the transitional nature of the Azilian between the Magdalenian and the Mesolithic. The relationship between Azilian technology and supposedly abrupt adaptations to radically changed environmental conditions at the 10,000 B.P. boundary is not straightforward.