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Lithic Technological Organization and Paleoenvironmental Change

Global and Diachronic Perspectives

  • Erick Robinson
  • Frédéric Sellet

Part of the Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation book series (STHE, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Erick Robinson, Frédéric Sellet
    Pages 1-11
  3. Chris Clarkson, Michael Petraglia, Clair Harris, Ceri Shipton, Kasih Norman
    Pages 37-61
  4. Nora Viviana Franco, Luis Alberto Borrero, George A. Brook, María Virginia Mancini
    Pages 301-320
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 335-341

About this book


The objective of this edited volume is to bring together a diverse set of analyses to document how small-scale societies responded to paleoenvironmental change based on the evidence of their lithic technologies. The contributions bring together an international forum for interpreting changes in technological organization - embracing a wide range of time periods, geographic regions and methodological approaches.​ ​As technology brings more refined information on ancient climates, the research on spatial and temporal variability of paleoenvironmental changes. In turn, this has also broadened considerations of the many ways that prehistoric hunter-gatherers may have responded to fluctuations in resource bases.   From an archaeological perspective, stone tools and their associated debitage provide clues to understanding these past choices and decisions, and help to further the investigation into how variable human responses may have been.   Despite significant advances in the theory and methodology of lithic technological analysis, there have been few attempts to link these developments to paleoenvironmental research on a global scale.  


Advancements in Lithic technology Australian lithics and environmental change British Late Middle Palaeolithic archaeological record Changes in technological organization Climate change Human reactions to environmental change

Editors and affiliations

  • Erick Robinson
    • 1
  • Frédéric Sellet
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of WyomingLaramieUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

About the editors

Erick Robinson is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming. He specializes in geochronology, lithic technology, and paleodemography, focusing on hunter-gatherer adaptations to terminal Pleistocene and Holocene environmental change and transitions to agriculture in northern Europe and Western US. He is currently working to develop a comprehensive archaeological radiocarbon database for the US that will be used to reconstruct prehistoric population growth and migration throughout the Holocene.

Frederic Sellet

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Lithic Technological Organization and Paleoenvironmental Change
  • Book Subtitle Global and Diachronic Perspectives
  • Editors Erick Robinson
    Frédéric Sellet
  • Series Title Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies in Human Ecology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-64405-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87786-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-64407-3
  • Series ISSN 1574-0501
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 341
  • Number of Illustrations 38 b/w illustrations, 36 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Archaeology
    Climate Change/Climate Change Impacts
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