The Natural Landscape

  • Michael A. Jochim
Part of the Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology book series (IDCA)


The landscape history of southwestern Germany is one of the best studied in Europe. Early geomorphological work by Penck and Brückner (1909) along the Riss, Würm, and other small streams draining the Alps was seminal in the development of our understanding of glacial history, while pollen studies by Bertsch (1961) and Firbas (1949) in this area established the basic vegetational history for much of central Europe. This research emphasis has continued to the present, producing a rich record unparalleled in most of the continent. Rather than attempt to summarize this vast record of detailed studies, I hope to use it selectively to evaluate this region as a human environment, a hunter- gatherer habitat, in light of the issues discussed in the Chapter 2.


Natural Landscape Temperate Deciduous Forest Late Frost Postglacial Period Spring Onset 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael A. Jochim
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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