The Earliest Europeans - A Year in the Life: Survival Strategies in the Lower Palaeolithic [Paperback]

Robert Hosfield (Author)

ISBN: 9781785707612 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2020 | Language: English 416p, H240 x W170 (mm) b/w figures

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The Earliest Europeans - A Year in the Life


The Earliest Europeans explores a fundamental question: how did Europe’s first hominin occupants cope with the year-round practical challenges of life. To do so, the book adopts a ‘year in the life’ perspective that draws on the increasingly rich and robust archaeological and Quaternary Science records for the European Lower Palaeolithic, combined with insights from modern ethnography and zoological studies. By exploring potential survival strategies and behaviours, Hosfield offers new insights into the character of Europe’s earliest occupations across more than 1 million years, and ultimately asks: what sorts of ‘humans’ were these hominins?

The innovative season-by-season structure of the book explores cyclical fluctuations in resources and weather conditions. From the depths of cold winters to the bountiful foods of late summer, it considers the implications of these variations for hominin behaviours. Hosfield draws on a range of supporting examples and evidence from Lower Palaeolithic sites across Europe, spanning technology, palaeoenvironmental reconstructions, hominin life history, and plant and animal food resources. In doing so, The Earliest Europeans highlights both the current and future potential of Europe’s earliest archaeological record.

Reviews & Quotes

"This book will be of interest to students of Palaeolithic archaeology and human origins, and Quaternary scientists with an interest in the hominin part of the faunal community. It would make a comprehensive, up-to-date textbook for final year undergraduate or postgraduate teaching."
John Hiemstra
The Holocene (03/08/2021)

"...this is an excellent book that represents a long-overdue approach to understanding the Lower Palaeolithic archaeological record."
Robert C. Power

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