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Alpine Archaeology Reveals High Life Through the Ages
Science News ^ | September 25, 2013 | University of York

Posted on 09/28/2013 11:18:00 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

An international team of archaeologists led by experts from the University of York has uncovered evidence of human activity in the high slopes of the French Alps dating back over 8000 years... one of the most detailed archaeological investigations carried out at high altitudes. It reveals a story of human occupation and activity in one of the world's most challenging environments from the Mesolithic to the Post-Medieval period.

The work included the excavation of a series of stone animal enclosures and human dwellings considered some of most complex high altitude Bronze Age structures found anywhere in the Alps...

Excavations carried out by the team showed human activity shaped the Alpine landscape through the Bronze, Iron, Roman and Medieval ages as people progressed from hunting to more managed agricultural systems including the movement of livestock to seasonal alpine pastures, known as transhumant-pastoralism...

The study also uncovered evidence of Stone Age hunting camps in often inhospitable conditions in the upper reaches of the Alpine tree line at 2000 metres and above. Other finds included a Neolithic flint arrow head at 2475 metres, thought to be the highest altitude arrowhead discovered in the Alps.

The study was carried out by a team of British and French archaeologists and palaeoecologists. They surveyed over 300 sites across a number of valleys as well as studying pollen from cores taken from peat areas and lakes and carbonized wood remains.

(Excerpt) Read more at sciencedaily.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: alps; france; godsgravesglyphs
Sampling work at one of the high altitude alpine lakes. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of York)

Sampling work at one of the high altitude alpine lakes. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of York)

1 posted on 09/28/2013 11:18:00 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 09/28/2013 11:19:15 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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3 posted on 09/28/2013 1:08:25 PM PDT by cizinec ("Brother, your best friend ain't your Momma, it's the Field Artillery.")
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To: SunkenCiv

Why would anyone choose to live there? Maybe the easier places were crowded.


4 posted on 09/28/2013 2:24:50 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: UnwashedPeasant

Sounds like a serious prepper B.O.L.


5 posted on 09/28/2013 6:12:23 PM PDT by oldasrocks (They should lock all of you up and only let out us properly medicated people.)
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To: UnwashedPeasant; SunkenCiv
Pure guesswork on my part, but people have been moving and trading across the Alps for millenia. This park is near a trade route modern day Turin-Grenoble-Lyon. People traversing the passes would need to eat.

'Course, they might just have been in a Stone Age reality show, Mountain Men.

6 posted on 10/01/2013 3:37:11 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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