Seasonal Hunting of Cervids and Equids during the Epigravettian



This is a draft in progress made up of 'bits and bobs', that is to say, some parts will not 'flow', but others will as I am currently in the process of editing paragraphs from my PhD for inclusion here. In any case, if you see something you dislike/like/needs editing/needs clarification/you name it, please get in touch. I would love to hear from you. Peer review (and pressure) from start to finish.

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  • Introduction

    The effect of the seasons on human populations has been the focus of anthropological research since early in the twentieth century (e.g. Steward 1933). Seasonality studies in archaeology, however, are a more recent occurrence. It was not until the late 1970s/early 1980s that a theoretical approach to seasonality was incorporated into archaeological research (e.g. Monks 1981; Spiess 1979). Seasonality, defined in Monks' (1981: 178) article as "the time of year at or during which a particular [human] event is most likely to occur" is an indispensable tool for understanding not only when, but why a particular site was occupied. This knowledge, in turn, may help explain a site's zooarchaeological assemblage and the human economic strategies that shaped it, the idea behind this being that choice of settlement location and species selection would have been directly affected by seasonal changes in resource availability.

    By incorporating seasonality studies into Palaeolithic research...