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Eels, Beavers, and Horses: Human Niche Construction in the European Late Upper Palaeolithic

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posted on 15.04.2020, 10:51 by AG Brown, LS Basell, R Farbstein
This paper examines interactions between co-occupants of riverine niches in north-west Europe during the Late Upper Palaeolithic using both ecological and archaeological data. It is argued that consideration of both the Lateglacial record and autecology of eel, beaver and horse supports a reinterpretation of some famous but enigmatic panels of Magdalenian mobiliary art as representations of eel fishing, along with horse and beaver exploitation in disturbed riverine habitats. It is further suggested that this constitutes a humanly co-constructed niche in ecological, nutritional, and symbolic terms, which was also particularly advantageous for human well-being and social development in this time and place.

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Citation

Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, Volume 83, December 2017 , pp. 1-22

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society

Volume

83

Pagination

1 - 22

Publisher

Cambridge University Press (CUP)

issn

0079-497X

eissn

2050-2729

Acceptance date

19/07/2017

Copyright date

2017

Available date

04/10/2017

Publisher version

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/proceedings-of-the-prehistoric-society/article/eels-beavers-and-horses-human-niche-construction-in-the-european-late-upper-palaeolithic/CBAA4D3EE9B3116E0B3D6297DED4D7EE

Notes

OA compliant for REF via Southampton repository https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/415641/

Spatial coverage

north-west Europe

Language

en