Session: #277

Theme & Session Format

5. Assembling archaeological theory and the archaeological sciences
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

Living in the Mountains: Settlement Strategies from the Beginning of the Holocene to Modern Times in Southern Europe. Part 1
Over the last few decades, our understanding of human occupations in mountain areas of Southern Europe from the Pleistocene-Holocene transition onward has increased notably. Interdisciplinary attempts and the integration of geosciences and natural sciences has become and extension to conventional archaelogical approaches. There is a range of evidence for subsistence practices from key moments tracking the emergence of early farming, the domestication of plants and animals, the relationship between socio-economic changes and environmental resources management, and the impact on the environment.
This session will place together recent research exploring settlement patterns from the early/middle Holocene to modern times, through a wide diversity of approaches, such as bioarchaeology, geoarchaeology, archaeometry, technology, landscape archaeology, and ethnoarchaeology. We suggest participants particularly explore human-environment interactions in mountain areas in different regions across Southern Europe through time, and in key episodes of cultural change. Interdisciplinary studies to delineate the complex environmental and social contexts in mountain occupations from all archaeological records and historic periods are most welcome.
mountains, farming, pastoralism, Southern Europe, Holocene
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Main organiser:
Pascal Alliot (Spain) 1
Anna Stagno (Italy) 2
Oriol Olesti (Spain) 1
Ermengol Gassiot Ballbè (Spain) 3
Marta Portillo (Spain) 4
1. Department of Antiquity and Middle Age Studies, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)
2. Laboratory of Environmental Archaeology and History (DAFIST-DISTAV), University of Genoa
3. Department of Prehistory, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)
4. Institució Milà i Fontanals, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)