The end of the lake-dwellings in the Circum-Alpine region (Paperback)Francesco Menotti (editor)
Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 30/06/2015
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After more than 3500 years of occupation in the Neolithic and Bronze Age, the many lake-dwellings' around the Circum-Alpine region `suddenly' came to an end. Throughout that period alternating phases of occupation and abandonment illustrate how resilient lacustrine populations were against change: cultural/environmental factors might have forced them to relocate temporarily, but they always returned to the lakes. So why were the lake-dwellings finally abandoned and what exactly happened towards the end of the Late Bronze Age that made the lake-dwellers change their way of life so drastically? The new research presented here draws upon the results of a four-year-long project dedicated to shedding light on this intriguing conundrum. Placing a particular emphasis upon the Bronze Age, a multidisciplinary team of researchers has studied the lake-dwelling phenomenon inside out, leaving no stones unturned, enabling identification of all possible interactive socio-economic and environmental factors that can be subsequently tested against each other to prove (or disprove) their validity. By re-fitting the various pieces of the jigsaw a plausible, but also rather unexpected, picture emerges.
Publisher: Oxbow Books
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 240 x 170 x 15 mm
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