Schutkowski, H. and Herrmann, B, 1996. Geographical variation of subsistence strategies in early mediaeval populations of southwestern Germany. Journal of Archaeological Science, 23 (6), pp. 823-831.
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The investigation is based on bone element data of early Mediaeval human skeletal samples from eight differing environmental conditions in lowland and mountain range localities of southern Germany. Reconstruction of plausible subsistence strategies revealed close correlations with the respective ecological potentials of the localities as indicated by proxy data on geomorphology, climate, and soil quality. In general, lowland situations showed mixed dietary patterns with a prevalence of agricultural farming, whereas in mountainous areas the emphasis was on dairy farming production and horticulture. This points to subsistence activities during the early Middle Ages that are closely adjusted to differing environmental conditions. An obvious deviation from this pattern in one locality (Kirchheim unter Teck) is explained in terms of successful socio-cultural buffering of limited but effective exploitation of the natural setting.
|Subjects:||History > Archaeology|
|Group:||School of Applied Sciences > Centre for Archaeology, Anthropology and Heritage|
|Deposited By:||Professor Holger Schutkowski|
|Deposited On:||05 Jan 2012 09:06|
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