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In Search of the Broad Spectrum Revolution in Paleolithic Southwest Europe


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Archaeology book series (BRIEFSARCHAE)

Table of contents

About this book


The people who inhabited Southwest Europe from 30,000 to 13,000 years ago are often portrayed as big game hunters – and indeed, in some locations (Cantabrian Spain, the Pyrenees, the Dordogne) the archaeological record supports this interpretation. But in other places, notably Mediterranean Iberia, the inhabitants focused their hunting efforts on smaller game, such as rabbits, fish, and birds. Were they less effective hunters? Were these environments depleted of red deer and other large game? Or is this evidence of Paleolithic people’s adaptability?

This volume explores these questions, along the way delving into the history of the “bigger equals better” assumption; optimal foraging theory and niche construction theory; and patterns of environmental and subsistence change across the Pleistocene-Holocene transition.


Broad Spectrum Revolution and human population growth Optimal foraging theory Pleistocene environments and refugia Prey Choice Model Site location and faunal analysis The Pleistocene-Holocene environmental transition

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

About the authors

Emily Lena Jones is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at University of New Mexico. A zooarchaeologist and environmental archaeologist, her research focuses on human-environment interactions, particularly human responses to climate change and landscape variability. She has worked in the Paleolithic of Southwestern Europe for over fifteen years.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title In Search of the Broad Spectrum Revolution in Paleolithic Southwest Europe
  • Authors Emily Lena Jones
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Archaeology
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs Archaeology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-22350-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-22351-3
  • Series ISSN 1861-6623
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-4910
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 91
  • Number of Illustrations 11 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Anthropology
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