Travaux et Recherches Archéologiques
sur les Cultures, les Espaces et les Sociétés
UMR 5608 T.R.A.C.E.S

le 23 septembre 2016

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Quaternary International
Volume 414, Pages 1-350 (1 September 2016) 
 

Special Section: Magdatis project: Hunter-gatherers and environmental change in the Aquitaine basin during the Magdalenian.

Edited by J-M. Pétillon, V. Laroulandie, S. Costamagno, and M. Langlais

The impact of environmental conditions and climate change on human societies has long been a key issue in hunter-gatherer studies. However, for the most ancient periods, the low resolution of paleoenvironmental, archeological and chronological data, and their unequal availability depending on periods and regions, often hamper any precise assessment of the links between cultural changes and coeval environmental variations. In other words, the more we move away from the Pleistocene/Holocene boundary into the last millennia of the Upper Pleistocene, the more it becomes difficult to combine climatic change, environmental responses, and cultural changes into a consistent picture illuminating causal links between these three domains.

The Magdatis project was an attempt at overcoming this difficulty by concentrating on a favorable case: the Middle and Upper Magdalenian of the western Aquitaine basin. The chosen time frame, ca. 19–14 calendar millennia before present, is one of the oldest periods where the resolution of both the environmental and the archeological data is high enough to insert them into a common, relatively precise chronological framework; thus enabling us to assess the co-occurrence of specific climatic, environmental and cultural events. The aim of this project was therefore to evaluate to which extent the pattern of technical, economical and social evolution observed in the Magdalenian archeological record could be interpreted as a series of adaptive responses to environmental fluctuations.

A large part of the results were published within the course of the project: 23 papers published since 2012 include research that was at least partly integrated into Magdatis. The 9 papers in this Quaternary International issue add further to this body of data, and most of them provide a synthesis of the project’s results in a specific field: lithic and osseous technology, zooarcheology, palynology, radiocarbon dating, etc.

Disponible en ligne ici :
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/10406182/414

 


 

 

 

 



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