Resource Exploitation, Subsistence Strategies, and Adaptiveness in Late Pleistocene—Early Holocene Northwest Europe

  • Berit Valentin Eriksen
Part of the Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology book series (IDCA)


Throughout western Europe, the Pleistocene—Holocene transition is characterized by marked environmental and cultural changes. Following the gradual retreat of the Weichselian glacier, large areas in the north and northeast were again-or at last-made available to human settlement. Obviously, then, this period is one of great archaeological significance. The settling of the north following the retreat of the ice must have been a major challenge, demanding a high degree of past human adaptivity An examination of the gradual northward migration of flora, fauna, and people into the virgin areas of southern Scandinavia is thus of general methodological interest. Most important, it enables us to examine the nature and timing of possible relationships between long-term environmental and cultural change throughout a geographically extensive region.


Late Pleistocene Late Glacial Faunal Remains Subsistence Strategy Subsistence Economy 
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  • Berit Valentin Eriksen
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  1. 1.Department of Prehistoric ArchaeologyUniveristy of ÅarhusMoesgaard, HøjbjergDenmark

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