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Research project

The Gravettian and the impact of the Last Glacial Maximum

The Gravettian technocomplex dates to the period of 30,000 to 20,000 bp and is spread across Europe. This research theme explores the impact of the climatic and environmental changes during the pleniglacial on the Gravettian of northwestern and central Europe.

Alexander Verpoorte

S.Troelstra (Amsterdam, VU)

P.Šida (Prague/Plzen)

P.Sümegi (Debrecen)

We study:

  • shifts in the inhabited range especially the northern range limit;
  • subsistence change such as diet breadth;
  • changes in mobility patterns and site structure;
  • the nature and tempo of cultural developments.  

Current subprojects concern:

  • Radiocarbon chronology of the Bohemian Upper Palaeolithic (with P.Šida (Prague/Plzen)
  • Climate and human occupation of the Hungarian Basin based on stable isotope analysis of land  snails from Lakitelek brickyard (with S.Troelstra (Amsterdam, VU) and P.Sümegi (Debrecen))
  • Critical evaluation of a ‘possible’ Dutch Gravettian: is there evidence for Gravettian occupation of the North European plain?  

Previous studies: N.W.O.-project “Cultural geography of the first modern humans”

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