Recent Studies in the Final Palaeolithic of the European Plain
Proceedings of a U.I.S.P.P. Symposium, Stockholm, 14.-17. October 1999
A part of the series Jysk Arkæologisk Selskabs Skrifter (39) , and the subject area Archaeology (general)
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Bodil Bratlund and Berit Valentin Eriksen
With contributions by
Nick Barton, Marc De Bie, Klaas van der Borg, Bodil Bratlund, Klaus Breest, Jean-Paul Caspar, Philippe Crombé, G. Eberhards, Jonas Ekström, Berit Valentin Eriksen, Jan Fiedorczuk, Axel Degn Johansson, Jacek Kabacinski, Hans Kindgren, Michal Kobusiewicz, Else Kolstrup, Lucyna Kubiak-Martens, Lars Larsson, Ronnie Liljegren, Ola Magnell, Ebbe Holm Nielsen, Clemens Pasda, Anna Pazdur, Eelco Rensink, Romuald Schild, Arnout Schurmans, Kazimierz Tobolski, Stephan Veil, Cyriel Verbruggen, I. Zagorska and Agneta Åkerlund
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The Final Palaeolithic cultures of the European Plain were
characterized by a variety of adaptive responses, reflected in
technologies, settlement patterns, subsistence practices, social
organizations and, possibly, ideologies. Underlying this regional
diversity of specific environmental and cultural changes were the
fundamentals of climatic change in conditions that were relatively
rapid and extreme and that very likely would have had major
influence on contemporary hunter-gatherer land-use patterns.
By encouraging discussion of analogous or contrasting patterns in subsistence and settlement patterns and landscape use among geographically and geomorphologically different regions across most of Northwestern Europe (from Latvia to Belgium and from Switzerland to Central Sweden), this volume aims at a detailed inter- as well as intra-regional comparison and contrast of approaches and results.
The different chapters provide case studies and/or exhaustive reviews of currently available data from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland. Although contributions derive from several different research traditions they share important analytical and methodological approaches.
They discuss general problems such as the reconstruction of Lateglacial environments, the chronology of Final Palaeolithic colonization or questions of cultural differentiation, or they present reports concerning the most interesting and important recent discoveries from different parts of the Plain. The reader thus has an opportunity here to get acquainted with the most pertinent issues and problems in Lateglacial prehistory, and also with the current state of research.
Table of contentsForeword
Bodil Bratlund & Berit Valentin Eriksen: Recent Studies in the Final Paleolithic of the European plain - an introduction
Else Kolstrup: Some classical methods used for reconstruction of Lateglacial environments in the European plain: potentials and limitations
Berit Valentin Eriksen: Reconsidering the geochronological framework of Lateglacial hunter-gatherer colonization of southern Scandinavia
Agneta Åkerlund: Life without close neighbours. Some reflections on the first peopling of east Central Sweden
Hans Kindgren: Tosskärr. Stenkyrka 94 revisited
Lars Larsson, Ronnie Liljegren, Ola Magnell & Jonas Ekström: Archaeo-faunal aspects of bog finds from Hässleberga, southern Scania, Sweden
Axel Degn Johansson: Late Palaeolithic settlement in South Zealand, eastern Denmark
Guntis Eberhards & Ilga Zagorska: The environment and the earliest settlement of Latvia, East Baltic
Jan Fiedorczuk & Romuald Schild: Wilczyce - a new late Magdalenian site in Poland; Bodil Bratlund: The faunal remains from Wilczyce
Jacek Kabacinski, Romuald Schild, Bodil Bratlund, Lucyna Kubiak-Martens, Kazimierz Tobolski, Klaas van der Borg & Anna Pazdur: The Lateglacial sequence at the Hamburgian site at Mirkowice: stratigraphy and geochronology
Michal Kobusiewicz: Ahrensburgian and Sviderian: two different modes of adaptation?
Clemens Pasda: A short note on man in the Allerød/Younger Dryas environment of Lower Lusatia (Brandenburg, Germany)
Stephan Veil & Klaus Breest: The archaeological context of the art objects from the Federmesser site of Weitsche, Ldkr. Lüchow-Dannenberg, Lower Saxonony (Germany) - a preliminary report
Marc De Bie, Utsav A. Schurmans & Jean-Paul Caspar: On knapping spots and living areas: intra-site differentiation at Late Palaeolithic Rekem
Philippe Crombé & Cyriel Verbruggen: The Lateglacial and early Postglacial occupation of northern Belgium: the evidence from Sandy Flanders
Eelco Rensink: Late Palaeolithic sites in the Maas valley of the southern Netherlands: prospects, surveys and results
Ebbe H. Nielsen: The Lateglacial settlement of the Central Swiss Plateau
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