Chronology, site concentrations, cultural differentiation, and mobility patterns as basis for comparing human environment interaction
Area of investigation: Central Europe
Research areas: Prehistoric Archaeology
Time period of investigation: 14 ka – 4 ka (Late Paleolithic to Late Neolithic)
Project D4 will focus on the question, whether presence resp. absence of man can be interpreted as response to natural or cultural environment by integrating data, methods and results from various former CRC-projects and from literature.
This integrative approach is based on the analysis of chronological, spatial, geoarchaeological, archaeobiological and cultural data. In this context, we understand adaptation and agency as two different perspectives on human-environment interaction. According to resilience theory population dynamics resp. mobility patterns can also be interpreted as up- and downswings of cultural cycles. Therefore, the analysis of a set of variables will facilitate statements on the relation between cultural cycles and environmental as well as cultural factors.