Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology

A Hunter-Gatherer Landscape

Southwest Germany in the Late Paleolithic and Mesolithic

Authors: Jochim, Michael A.

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As an archaeologist with primary research and training experience in North American arid lands, I have always found the European Stone Age remote and impenetrable. My initial introduction, during a survey course on world prehis­ tory, established that (for me, at least) it consisted of more cultures, dates, and named tool types than any undergraduate ought to have to remember. I did not know much, but I knew there were better things I could be doing on a Saturday night. In any event, after that I never seriously entertained any notion of pur­ suing research on Stone Age Europe-that course was enough for me. That's a pity, too, because Paleolithic Europe-especially in the late Pleistocene and early Holocene-was the scene of revolutionary human adaptive change. Iron­ ically, all of it was amenable to investigation using precisely the same models and analytical tools I ended up spending the better part of two decades applying in the Great Basin of western North America. Back then, of course, few were thinking about the late Paleolithic or Me­ solithic in such terms. Typology, classification, and chronology were the order of the day, as the text for my undergraduate course reflected. Jochim evidently bridled less than I at the task of mastering these chronotaxonomic mysteries, yet he was keenly aware of their limitations-in particular, their silence on how individual assemblages might be connected as part of larger regional subsis­ tence-settlement systems.

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"Throughout the text it is apparent that Jochim acknowledges the importance of social factors, and that such considerations cannot be answered solely from ecological criteria ... interpretations offered by Jochim are intriguing. With Jochim's expertise in hunter-gatherer productive economies, he is uniquely qualified to bind together subsistence with social and ideological aspects of the past..."
Geoarchaeology, An International Journal

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Jochim, Michael A.

    Pages 1-11

  • The Changing Theoretical Landscape

    Jochim, Michael A.

    Pages 13-29

  • The Natural Landscape

    Jochim, Michael A.

    Pages 31-42

  • Sites on the Landscape: The Late Palaeolithic

    Jochim, Michael A.

    Pages 43-56

  • Sites on the Landscape: The Early Mesolithic

    Jochim, Michael A.

    Pages 57-85

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Hunter-Gatherer Landscape
Book Subtitle
Southwest Germany in the Late Paleolithic and Mesolithic
Authors
Series Title
Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-8664-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-8664-1
Softcover ISBN
978-0-306-45741-8
Series ISSN
1568-2722
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 250
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