When hunter-gatherers were exploiting their mountain environment
The Pleistocene–Holocene transition (14 000–8 500 cal BP) is a period marked by important climatic and environmental changes. It seems that during this period, hunter-gatherers exploited the mountain environments. The EU-funded LiMPH project will investigate the lifeways of these hunter-gatherer groups by reconstructing the importance of mountainous areas in the framework of the socio-economic structure of these human groups in the south-eastern Alps. The methodology will be based on a techno-functional approach that will combine technological and use-wear analyses with confocal scanning microscopy. Eventually, the project will provide a comparative perspective on the exploitation of mountain environments in Europe and will allow scientists to determine the most attractive features of the Alpine palaeo-environments.