By Michael A. Jochim

As an archaeologist with fundamental learn and coaching event in North American arid lands, i've got continually discovered the ecu Stone Age distant and impenetrable. My preliminary advent, in the course of a survey path on global prehis­ tory, validated that (for me, not less than) it consisted of extra cultures, dates, and named device varieties than any undergraduate should need to take into accout. i didn't recognize a lot, yet I knew there have been greater issues i'll be doing on a Saturday evening. In any occasion, after that I by no means heavily entertained any idea of pur­ suing study on Stone Age Europe-that direction used to be 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 similar versions and analytical instruments i finished up spending the higher a part of twenty years utilizing within the nice Basin of western North the US. again then, in fact, few have been wondering the overdue 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 path mirrored. Jochim obviously bridled under I on the job of getting to know those chronotaxonomic mysteries, but he used to be keenly conscious of their limitations-in specific, their silence on how person assemblages may be hooked up as a part of better neighborhood subsis­ tence-settlement systems.

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2. Relations between the sexes are essentially equal or favor men. 3. Ideology deals largely with relations with the natural and supernatural realms, not the social realm. 4. History is irrelevant; adjustments to changing environments carry no ideological or organizational baggage. S. Perceptions of and relations with the landscape are largely economic. 6. Social relations are flexible and can easily respond to changing economic imperatives. 7. Any differences in social status have an economic, and ultimately ecological, foundation.

6. 7. 8. 33 is higher. Intensive agriculture characterizes the modern land use in lower elevations, with higher areas largely forested. The Neckar drainage: a rolling, hilly landscape, ranging from 200 to 700 meters in elevation, drained by the Neckar and its numerous tributaries. While the Neckar Valley itself is quite warm and dry in the north, temperatures fall and precipitation rises with increasing elevation both upstream and in the hills. Modern land use is similar to that of the Rhine lowlands, although there are large meadowlands in the higher elevations and extensive forest patches.

I have suggested elsewhere Oochim, 1988) that the division of labor is one means by which this may be accomplished in some situations, with women and the elderly and very young often providing the more reliable components of the diet, while men procure the more efficient big game. Not only may risks vary among habitats and resources, and solutions vary among individuals and groups, but the entire attitude of foragers to risk may vary. Rather than assuming that risk is always something to minimize, we must recognize that some individuals act in a risk-prone manner (Kaplan and Hill, 1985).

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