Hauck, Thomas C., Lehmkuhl, Frank ORCID: 0000-0002-6876-7377, Zeeden, Christian ORCID: 0000-0002-8617-0443, Bösken, Janina, Thiemann, Arne ORCID: 0000-0003-3428-3072 and Richter, Jürgen ORCID: 0000-0003-2793-7867 (2018). The Aurignacian way of life: Contextualizing early modern human adaptation in the Carpathian Basin. Quaternary International, 485. pp. 150-166. ISSN 10406182

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The culture and dispersal of early modern humans are top priorities of many research agendas. While the debate primarily centers on genetics, dispersal trajectories and points of earliest presence, the context (climate, landscape, demography, culture) of the colonizing process is usually considered in a coarse-grained manner or even ignored. To understand the context of human dispersal and to decipher relevant push and pull factors requires the consideration of multiple environmental proxies and the research on different geographic scales. In this paper, we present the Late Quaternary Carpathian Basin as a specific context area of early modern human dispersal into Europe. The multitude of Early Upper Paleolithic sites in this region suggests that it was part of a major dispersal corridor along the Danube and its catchment area some 40,000 years ago. The Aurignacian land-use model describes the interaction of early modern humans with their environment. One important parameter is the specific distribution of archaeological sites that exemplifies their boundedness to specific eco-zones. To reconstruct the latter, paleo-environmental proxies and archaeological data are examined together in regional vector models and in a GIS based landscape archaeology approach. In the final section, we present the Carpathian Basin as an idiosyncratic habitat that mirrors the dynamics and complexity of early modern human adaptation.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Lehmkuhl, FrankUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-6876-7377UNSPECIFIED
Zeeden, ChristianUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-8617-0443UNSPECIFIED
Thiemann, ArneUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0003-3428-3072UNSPECIFIED
Richter, JürgenUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0003-2793-7867UNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-381451
DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2017.10.020
Journal or Publication Title: Quaternary International
Volume: 485
Page Range: pp. 150-166
Date: 2018
ISSN: 10406182
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 2: Archäologie, Altertumskunde und Kulturen des Mittelmeerraums > Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte > Abteilung A - Ältere Steinzeit
Subjects: History of ancient world
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/38145


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