Sites on the Landscape: Survey

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


It is inevitable that my views of the late glacial and early postglacial prehistoric landscape be colored by my own fieldwork in this area. Consequently, it makes sense to describe this work and its findings in some detail in the next chapters. Between 1980 and 1991, I carried out surveys and excavations in the Federsee region, initially designed to test the predictions of my original model, but gradually evolving as new questions emerged. The focus on this prehistoric lake, now a peat bog, was dictated by four considerations: (1) the peat held the potential for excellent organic preservation, so crucial to questions about prehistoric subsistence economies; (2) no Mesolithic sites had been excavated and published for this area, despite the abundance of known surface lithic scatters around the former lake edges; (3) my original interpretative model suggested a definite seasonal role for sites on the Federsee (summer residential camps) but lacked data to test this proposition; and (4) the extensive studies of Neolithic and Bronze Age sites being carried out by German archaeologists promised not only a wealth of complementary data but also an active and enjoyable cooperative environment.


Archaeological Material Flammable Brush Lithic Artifact Charcoal Concentration Gravelly Clay 
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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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