Living through the Last Glacial Maximum. A view from the Eastern European

Author(s): Gabriel Popescu

Year: 2016


The region between the Eastern Carpathians in Romania and the Prut River in both Romania and Republic of Moldavia, knew both temperate and continental / cold climates throughout the Late Pleistocene, and still witnessed significant and rapid environmental shifts caused by global climate regimes, especially during the Last Glacial Maximum. I will examine in this poster the important interplay between technological, social, and land-use dynamics as culturally mediated responses to climate change within the periglacial zone. I will therefore combine information from excavated sites across the area between the Eastern Carpathians and the Prut River, in order to examine Upper paleolithic behavioral adaptations to the environmental shifts of the Late Pleistocene (late MIS-3 through MIS-2). To achieve this I will define several indexes that serve as proxies for land-use strategies and technological specialization. The expectation is that the variation in these indexes across space and through time will provide a basis for a model of Upper Paleolithic eco-dynamics. The results will allow the opportunity to evaluate if land-use patterns across this area was sufficiently flexible and resilient to environmental change to persist throughout the Late Pleistocene.

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Living through the Last Glacial Maximum. A view from the Eastern European. Gabriel Popescu. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405335)

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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;