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By Michael A. Jochim

As an archaeologist with fundamental study and coaching adventure in North American arid lands, i've got regularly stumbled on the ecu Stone Age distant and impenetrable. My preliminary creation, in the course of a survey path on global prehis­ tory, demonstrated that (for me, at the least) it consisted of extra cultures, dates, and named device forms than any undergraduate should need to take into account. i didn't be aware of a lot, yet I knew there have been greater issues i may be doing on a Saturday evening. In any occasion, after that I by no means heavily entertained any concept of pur­ suing examine on Stone Age Europe-that path was once sufficient for me. that is a pity, too, simply because Paleolithic Europe-especially within the past due Pleistocene and early Holocene-was the scene of innovative human adaptive swap. Iron­ ically, it all used to be amenable to research utilizing exactly the comparable types and analytical instruments i stopped up spending the higher a part of 20 years using within the nice Basin of western North the USA. again then, after all, few have been considering the past due Paleolithic or Me­ solithic in such phrases. Typology, category, and chronology have been the order of the day, because the textual content for my undergraduate direction mirrored. Jochim obviously bridled lower than I on the job of gaining knowledge of those chronotaxonomic mysteries, but he was once keenly conscious of their limitations-in specific, their silence on how person assemblages should be hooked up as a part of greater nearby subsis­ tence-settlement systems.

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Plants were omitted from the calculations because of the model's reliance on prey mobility as a key attribute (Bettinger, 1980). 11. Nutrients were ignored because the model was essentially ernie, based on consciously recognized factors in hunters' decisions (Keene, 1981). Many of these criticisms focus on the fact that this model relied upon an indirect measure of foraging efficiency. Recent work with optimal foraging the- ory, by contrast, relies on direct measures of costs and benefits in terms of time and energy in situations where modern foragers and their technology and tactics can be observed.

Such patterns would certainly deviate from simple optimal foraging models of diet choice. Prestige has also been linked to exchange, in this case used to provide access to exotic or scarce resources that are highly valued and displayed (Hayden, 1990) . The simple models of autonomous local groups ignore regional patterns of exchange, whether explained in terms of prestige, efficient procurement of foods (Spielmann, 1986), or risk-buffering (Wiessner, 1982), and as a result , ignore any effects of this exchange on the local subsistence economy.

Chronological chart of archaeological and palynological periods. During the peak of the last ice age, approximately 18,000 years ago, a significant portion of this area lay under glaciers. The Alpine ice sheet extended north well into Oberschwaben and smaller glaCiers covered peaks in the southern Black Forest. Despite warm summers, the unglaciated regions were a forbidding landscape of long, dry winters , scant vegetation, and high winds (Frenzel, 1983). A lack of archaeological sites in the area for this period reflects the harsh climate and low productivity, as well, perhaps, as the poor conditions for preservation of archaeological materials.

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