The abrupt transition from Hamburgian to Federmessergruppen in southern Scandinavia – evidence for regional hunter-gatherer extinction?
Author(s): Felix Riede
The Hamburgian is associated with the initial pioneer human re-colonization of northern Europe during the Late Glacial. Whilst much recent research has focused on the dynamics of initial entry, this paper addresses the end of the Hamburgian, especially in its northernmost range of present-day southern Scandinavia. The difference in cultural signature between the Hamburgian culture’s late Havelte variant and its successor in the region, the Federmessergruppen, is striking and difficult to explain as a gradual transformation or adaptation given the decadal timescales involved. New data from the field and new dates conjoined with evidence for contemporaneous environmental changes are brought to bear on the question of whether this cultural historical transition may in fact reflect a population collapse, i.e. a regional forager extinction followed by a resettlement of the region shortly thereafter.
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The abrupt transition from Hamburgian to Federmessergruppen in southern Scandinavia – evidence for regional hunter-gatherer extinction?. Felix Riede. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 394958)
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