image003Senior Research Scientist, retired

Consulting Scholar


University of Pennsylvania

    Museum of Archaeology

    and Anthropology




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Publications for the General Public



Selected Scholarly Publications


Submitted. Form, function, and mental templates in Paleolithic lithic analysis: For From the Pecos to the Paleolithic: Papers in Honor of Arthur J. Jelinek. [READ IT]


In Press. Culture is more than memes. In Gary Hatfield, ed. Evolution of Mind, Brain, and Culture (Proceedings of the Penn Museum International Research Conference, Sept. 2007). University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia.


2009. The Cave of Fontéchevade: Recent Excavations and Their Paleoanthropological Implications. Cambridge University Press. (Philip G. Chase, André Debénath, Harold Dibble, and Shannon McPherron)

Including contributed chapters:

  - The Fossil Human Remains (Philip G. Chase and Virginie Teilhol), pp. 103-116.

  - Radiometric Dates (Philip G. Chase, Henry P. Schwarcz, and Thomas W. Stafford, Jr.), pp. 117-126.

  - Faunal Taphonomy, pp. 127-138.


2008. Form, function, and mental templates in Paleolithic lithic analysis. Paper presented at the symposium From the Pecos to the Paleolithic: Papers in Honor of Arthur J. Jelinek, Society for American Anthropology Meetings, Vancouver, BC, 28 March 2008. READ IT


2007. The significance of 'acculturation' depends on the meaning of 'culture.' In Mellars, P., Boyle, K., Bar-Yosef, O., and Stringer C., eds. Rethinking the Human Revolution:  New Behavioural and Biological Perspectives on the Origins and Dispersal of Modern Humans, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge, pp. 55-65.


2007. New dates for the Fontéchevade (Charente, France) Homo remains. Journal of Human Evolution 52(2):217-21. (Philip Chase, André Debénath, Harold Dibble, Shannon McPherron, Henry Schwarcz, Thomas Stafford, and Jean-François Tournepiche) 


2006. Anthropology, Taphonomy, and the Concept of Paleolithic Cultures: The Case of the Tayacian from Fontéchevade (Charente, France). Paleoanthropology 4:1-21. (Harold Dibble, Shannon McPherron, Philip Chase, William Farrand, and André Debénath)


2006. The Emergence of Culture: The Evolution of a Uniquely Human Way of Life. Springer, New York


2004. Façons d'extraire la moelle au Moustérien de La Quina (Charente) (Marrow extraction methods in the Mousterian of La Quina, Charente), Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Française 101(2):253-256.


2003. Comment on 'The origin of modern human behavior' by C.S. Henshilwood and C.W. Marean. Current Anthropology 44(5):637.


2002. Is a cave bear bone from Divje Babe, Slovenia, a Neanderthal flute? In  E. Hickmann and R. Eichmann, eds. The Archaeology of Early Sound: Origin and Organization.  2nd Symposium of the Study Group on Music Archaeology. Studien zur Musikarchäologie IV, Orient-Archäologie 12:69-81. (April Nowell and Philip Chase)


2002. A propos d'un poinçon provenant de la grotte des Fées à Châtelperron (On an awl from the Grotte des Fées at Châtelperron), Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Française 99(2):378-379. (André Debénath, Philip Chase, and Harold Dibble)


2001. Punctured reindeer phalanges from the Mousterian of Combe Grenal (France). Arheoloski Vestnik 52:19-25.


2001. 'Symbolism' is two different phenomena: Implications for archaeology and paleontology. In P.V. Tobias, M.A., Raath, J. Moggi-Cecchi, and G.A. Doyle, eds., Humanity from African Naissance to Coming Millennia - Colloquia in Human Biology and Palaeoanthropology. Firenze University Press, Florence, pp. 199-212.


2001. Multilevel Information Processing, Archaeology and Evolution. In A. Nowell, ed., In the Mind's Eye: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Evolution of the Human Mind. International Monographs in Prehistory, Ann Arbor, pp 121-136.


1999. Bison in the context of the complex use of faunal resources: A preliminary report on the Mousterian zooarchaeology of La Quina (Charente, France). In J.-P. Brugal, F. David, J.G. Enloe and J. Jaubert, eds. Le Bison: Gibier et Moyen de Subsistance des Hommes du Paléolithique aux Paléoindiens des Grandes Plaines. Actes du Colloque International, Toulouse, 6-10 Juin 1995. Editions APDCA, Antibes.


1999. Symbolism as reference and symbolism as culture. In C. Knight, C. Power, eds., The Evolution of Culture: An Interdisciplinary View. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 34-49.


1998. 'Archéozoologie' in A. Debénath and A.J. Jelinek, "Nouvelles fouilles à La Quina (Charente): Résultats préliminaires," Gallia Préhistoire 40:60-65.


1998. Taphonomy of a suggested Middle Paleolithic bone flute from Slovenia. Current Anthropology 39:549-53.  (Philip Chase and April Nowell)


1997. Testing the reality of a 'living floor' with archaeological data. American Antiquity 62:629-51. (H. Dibble, P. Chase, S. McPherron, and A. Tuffreau)


1995. Evidence for the use of bones as cutting boards in the French Mousterian. Préhistoire Européenne 7:111-117.


1995. Rapport préliminaire sur le gisement de Cagny-l'Epinette (Somme). (Preliminary report on the site of Cagny-l'Epinette [Somme]). Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Française 92:169-191. (A. Tuffreau, P. Antoine, P. Chase, H. Dibble, B. Ellwood, T. van Kolfschoten, A. Lamotte, M. Laurent, S. McPherron, A.-M. Moigne, and A. Munaut)


1994. On Symbols and the Paleolithic. Current Anthropology 35:627-9.


1994. Taphonomy and zooarchaeology of a Mousterian faunal assemblage from La Quina (Charente, France). Journal of Field Archaeology 21:289-305. (P. Chase, D. Armand, A. Debénath, H. Dibble, and A. Jelinek)


1993. "Reply to Belfer-Cohen and Hovers." Current Anthropology 34:170-72. (H. Dibble and P. Chase)


1992. Scientific archaeology and the origins of symbolism: A reply to Bednarik. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 1:43-51. (P. Chase and  H. Dibble)


1991. Symbols and Paleolithic artifacts: Style, standardization, and the imposition of arbitrary form. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 10:193-214.


1991. Issues in biological and behavioral evolution and the problem of Upper Pleistocene subsistence. In G.A. Clark, ed., Perspectives on the Past: Theoretical Biases in Mediterranean Hunter-Gatherer Research. University of Pennsylvania Press. Philadelphia, pp. 182-93.


1990. Tool-making tools and Middle Paleolithic behavior. Current Anthropology 31:443-7. Reprinted in Paleoanthropology Annuals 1:213-17 (1990).


1990. Sifflets au Paléolithique moyen? Les implications d'un coprolite de coyote actuel. Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Française 87:165-7.


1990. "On the emergence of modern humans." Current Anthropology 31:58-9. (P. Chase and H. Dibble)


1990. Comment on "Symbolism and modern human origins" by J.M. Lindly and G.A. Clark. Current Anthropology 31:241-3. (H. Dibble and P. Chase)


1989. How different was Middle Paleolithic subsistence? A zooarchaeological perspective on the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition. In P. Mellars, ed., The Origins and Dispersal of Modern Humans: Behavioural and Biological Perspectives. Edinburgh University Press. Edinburgh.


1988. Scavenging and hunting in the Middle Paleolithic: the evidence from Europe. In H. Dibble and A. Montet-White, eds. The Upper Pleistocene Prehistory of Western Eurasia. University Museum Press, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, pp. 225-232.


1987. Spécialisation de la chasse et transition vers le Paléolithique supérieur. L'Anthropologie 91:175‑188.


1987. Middle Paleolithic symbolism: A review of current evidence and interpretations. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 6:263‑296. (P. Chase and H. Dibble)


1986-1987. Minimum number of individuals and its alternatives: A probability theory approach. Ossa 13:75-86. (P. Chase and R. Hagaman)


1986. The Hunters of Combe Grenal: Approaches to Middle Paleolithic Subsistence in Europe. B.A.R. International Series no. 286. Oxford.


1986. The relationships between Mousterian lithic and faunal assemblages at Combe Grenal, France. Current Anthropology 27:69‑71.


1986. On the use of Binford's utility indices in the analysis of archaeological sites. In A. Voorips and S.H. Loving, eds., To Pattern the Past. PACT 11:287‑302.


1985. Illustrating lithic artifacts: Information for scientific illustrators. Lithic Technology 14:57‑70.   


1985. Whole vessels and sherds: an experimental investigation of their relationships. Journal of Field Archaeology 12:213‑218.



Contact Information


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Wallingford, PA 19086



E-mail: pchase@




About My Research


Research Foci

Paleolithic archaeology, with emphasis on Europe

Evolution of symbolism and culture

Zooarchaeology, taphonomy, and site formation processes


Sites Excavated

           Cagny-la-Garenne, Somme, France

           Cagny-l’Epinette, Somme, France

           Fontéchevade, Charente, France



Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1983. Dissertation: On the Use of Animal Resources in the Mousterian of Combe Grenal, France.

M.A., George Washington University, 1975. Thesis: Quantitative Inferences Based on Pottery Fragments.

B.A., Harvard College, 1968.




Publications for the General Public


Ice Age Europeans. Expedition vol. 34, no. 3, 1993. Guest Editor. READ IT


What were the Ice Ages? Expedition vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 4-13. READ IT


Language in the Ice Ages: When did Europeans first speak? Expedition vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 61. READ IT


Cult of the Cave Bear: Ritual or illusion? Expedition vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 4-9, 1988. READ IT