Aurignacian and Gravettian Settlement Patterns in Central Europe

  • Joachim Hahn
Part of the Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology book series (IDCA)


Early Upper Paleolithic cultures—the Aurignacian and the Gravettian—are rarely represented at sites in central Europe. Only two new sites have been excavated since the last syntheses by Hahn (1977) on the Aurignacian and by Otte (1982) on the Gravettian. Both authors emphasized the existence of regional cultural areas, one of which was located in southwestern Germany. This discussion will, therefore, not deal with the culture-historical reconstruction but will focus on site formation processes. They will be evaluated as a necessary prerequisite for the recognition of activities performed at the sites and for a reconstruction of more general settlement patterns. Faunal assemblages and proveniences of raw material will be examined in relation to mobility strategies and settlement systems.


Faunal Assemblage Settlement System Projectile Point Cave Site Frost Heaving 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joachim Hahn
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  1. 1.Institut für UrgeschichteTübingenFederal Repubic of Germany

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