Late Glacial rapid climate change and human response in the Westernmost Mediterranean (Iberia and Morocco)

Autoři: Gerd-Christian Weniger aff001;  María de Andrés-Herrero aff001;  Viviane Bolin aff001;  Martin Kehl aff003;  Taylor Otto aff001;  Alessandro Potì aff001;  Yvonne Tafelmaier aff004
Působiště autorů: Institute of Prehistoric Archaeology, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany aff001;  Neanderthal Museum, Mettmann, Germany aff002;  Institute of Geography, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany aff003;  Institute of Prehistoric Archaeology, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany aff004
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(12)
Kategorie: Research Article


This paper investigates the correlation between climate, environment and human land use in the Westernmost Mediterranean on both sides of the Strait of Gibraltar during the Late Glacial. Using a multi-proxy approach on a sample of 300 sites from the Solutrean and Magdalenian of the Iberian Peninsula and from the Iberomaurusian in Morocco, we find evidence for significant changes in settlement patterns and site density after the Last Glacial Maximum. In Southern Iberia, during Heinrich Stadial 1, hyperarid zones expanded drastically from the south-eastern coast to the West through the Interior. This aridification process heavily affected Magdalenian settlement in the South and caused a strong decline of hunter-gatherer population. Southern Iberia during Heinrich Stadial 1 turned out to be a high-risk environment when compared to Northern Iberia. At the same time, the Late Iberomaurusian of Morocco, although considered to be situated in a high-risk environment as well, experiences an increase of sites and expansion of settlement area.

Klíčová slova:

Archaeological dating – Archaeology – Climate change – Land use – Paleoclimatology – Radioactive carbon dating – Morocco – Settlement patterns


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