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Title: The Palaeolithic occupation of southern Alentejo: the Sado
Authors: Burke, Ariane
Meignen, Liliane
Bisson, Michael
Pimentel, Nuno
Henriques, Virginia
Andrade, César
Freitas, Maria da Conceição
Kageyama, Masa
Fletcher, William
Parslow, Carla
Guiducci, Dario
Keywords: Sado River Basin
Land-use patterns
Middle Palaeolithic
Issue Date: Jan-2011
Abstract: ABSTRACT The Sado River Drainage Survey project (2004-2008) was designed to fill a significant gap in our knowledge of the prehistory of Portugal. Southern Alentejo constitutes nearly one third of the total land mass of continental Portugal, but has received comparatively little attention from Palaeolithic archaeologists. Practically nothing was known about the prehistory of the Sado River basin, which includes the southern Alentejo plain, before now. The results of the Sado River Drainage Survey (SRDS) indicate that the Sado River basin was likely occupied at low population densities during the Middle Palaeolithic. There is some evidence for a Lower Palaeolithic presence but little or no evidence of an Upper Palaeolithic occupation. The emerging pattern suggests either an occupational hiatus or a major shift in settlement pattern towards the end of the Middle Palaeolithic. Possible explanations for this pattern, including aridification driven by climate change, are explored here.
ISSN: 0082-5638
Type: article
Appears in Collections:GEO - Publicações - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais Com Arbitragem Científica

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