Two Late Paleolithic Sites on the Federsee, Germany
Author: Jochim, Michael A.
Source: Journal of Field Archaeology, Volume 22, Number 3, 1995 , pp. 263-273(11)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:A multi-year program of subsurface surveys and excavations in a peat bog was carried out to investigate subsistence and settlement patterns of prehistoric hunter-gatherers in Central Europe. The Federsee of SW Germany has long been known for its rich archaeological record for the Neolithic and Bronze Age, due largely to the exceptional preservational conditions of the peat. Although the area also contained abundant sites of the Late Paleolithic and Mesolithic, these were all surface sites with only stone artifacts.
Some of the results of this survey are described, focussing on two sites dating to the Late Paleolithic (ca. 12,000–10,000 b.p.). Both sites offered good organic preservation, with faunal remains as well as lithic artifacts represented. Comparison of these sites suggests quite different functional roles for each. Both contribute to our knowledge of a poorly understood period in Central Europe and help shed light on the nature of adaptations to the changing late glacial environments.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1995-01-01