Lithics and climate: technological responses to landscape change in Upper Palaeolithic northern Japan
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Anthropology and Museum Studies
Studies of human behavioural responses to climate change have begun to address traditional archaeological questions in new ways. Hitherto, most of these studies have focused on western Eurasia, but the question of human response to rapid climatic changes in northern Japan during the Upper Palaeolithic period opens up new perspectives. Combining artefact studies and palaeoenvironmental evidence, Japan provides a case study for how quickly modern humans adapted to new environmental challenges, and how that adaptation can be charted through the lithic technologies employed in different geoclimatic circumstances.
Morisaki, K., Izuho, M., Terry, K., & Sato, H. (2015). Lithics and climate: technological responses to landscape change in Upper Palaeolithic northern Japan. Antiquity, 89(345), 554–572. https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2015.23
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