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Murray, J., Lynch, E.P., Domínguez-Alonso, P., Barham, M., Fernández- Jalvo, Y., Andrews, P., Yepiskoposyan, L., Baker, F. & King, T.
55th Irish Geological Research Meeting.
Pleistocene to Holocene stratigraphy of Azokh Cave, Lesser Caucasus.
University College Cork.
Oral Presentation
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17-FEB-12
19-FEB-12
Azokh Cave is located in the Lesser Caucasus and is hosted in thickly-bedded Mesozoic limestones. It comprises a series of (mainly) hypogenic karstic chambers and passageways that interconnect to form a larger cave system. The largest of these entrance passages (named Azokh 1) contains c.11-12m of in-situ cave-filling sediments dating from at least Middle Pleistocene times towards the present. Much of these were removed during previous excavations; however, enough remains to allow subdivision of the succession into nine units (I-IX, in descending stratigraphic order). Very little remains of Units IX-VI in the lowermost part of the cave and these sediments appear to be largely unfossiliferous. Units V-I, above these, are rich in fossils and have produced many types of (macro- and micro-) mammal remains, along with evidence for human activity and occupation. Two other undisturbed entrance passages (Azokh 2 and 5) at the site also contain a sedimentary infill and details of their stratigraphy are being resolved.  The Azokh Cave site quite is significant for two reasons. Firstly, it is geographically located at an important migratory route-way between the African subcontinent and Eurasia and, secondly, middle-Pleistocene hominid remains were recovered from Azokh 1 during a previous phase of excavation work.
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