Southwest Germany in the West European Landscape

  • Michael A. Jochim
Part of the Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology book series (IDCA)


Archaeological studies of hunter—gatherers usually emphasize adaptation to the immediate natural environment in explaining cultural behavior. Often neglected are two crucial elements in human ecological relationships: (1) the social environment, and (2) the preceding history of adaptations. People cope with problems in the natural environment as social beings, in a social context presenting its own problems, with cultural tools developed in past generations. Without consideration of these factors , cultural behavior cannot be fully intelligible.


Cultural Change Historical Trajectory Cultural Behavior Fossil Shell Reindeer Herd 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael A. Jochim
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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