Causalities, time-scales and processes of environmental and cultural change in Italy between the Final Upper Palaeolithic and Early Neolithic
Author(s): Robin Skeates
This paper reconsiders the significance of a generally warmer and wetter climate, expanded plant ranges and sea level rise to human groups in mainland and island Italy between the Final Upper Palaeolithic and Early Neolithic. Fundamental cultural changes in demography, subsistence strategies and social organization certainly coincided broadly with these environmental changes, and do suggest a degree of human adaptation, although the cultural resilience of hunter-gatherer lifestyles should not be under-estimated. But do the available data allow us to be more precise about possible causalities, time-scales and processes in Italy? And, more specifically, do they enable us to identify the impact on human groups of Berger and Guilaine’s (2009) claimed abrupt climatic deterioration event around 8200 years ago?
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Causalities, time-scales and processes of environmental and cultural change in Italy between the Final Upper Palaeolithic and Early Neolithic. Robin Skeates. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395687)
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