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Research project: Middle and early Upper Palaeolithic site distribution patterns and landscape adaptations in southeastern Europe - Dormant - Dormant

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Southeastern Europe, located on one of the most obvious passageways for the dispersal of human migrants from Africa into Europe via the Near East, is of crucial importance to the issue of the origin of modern humans, late surviving Neanderthals and the interface between the two populations. The area's topographic and climatic diversity also makes it a unique 'laboratory' for examining the range and flexibility of Neanderthal adaptive strategies, behavioural complexity and cognition.

Despite its potential, southeastern Europe has not been a focal area of Palaeolithic research. Examination of site distribution patterns and landscape adaptations in part of this region has showed that the Middle Palaeolithic inhabitants of northwestern Greece moved in a pre-scheduled manner between locations that, due to their natural setting, offered access to a variety of animal, plant, water and raw material resources. Building upon this work, this project seeks to identify local mobility patterns across southeastern Europe and to examine their relationship to patterns of environmental variability across space and time.

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Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins
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