In recent years, new insights into the Mesolithic in the Rhineland and in Westphalia
have been gained. The Early Mesolithic human
remains of the Blätterhöhle in Hagen should especially
be mentioned as they even attracted international attention.
Additionally, a first stratigraphic sequence containing
hearth remains and lithic assemblages of the Early to
Late Mesolithic age has been excavated there. Further
new sites and radiometric investigations on single finds
suggest varying influences from northern and southern
as well as western regions on the Northrhine-Westphalian Mesolithic.
Several sites, which are assigned to the broad blade
complexes or the long blade industries / the Belloisien
due to the distinct blade technology and simple microlithic
projectile points, represent the initial stage of the Mesolithic.
Gehlen, B. (2017): Archaeology across the Pleistocene-Holocene boundary in western Germany: Human responses to rapid environmental change.
|Title||Archaeology across the Pleistocene-Holocene boundary in western Germany: Human responses to rapid environmental change|
|Editor||Jean-Pierre Fagnart, Boris Valentin, Mara-Julia Weber and Ludovic Mevel|
|Series||Préhistoire de l’Europe du Nord-Ouest: mobilité, climats et entités culturelles; Conference Proceedings of the XXVIIIe congrès préhistorique de France Amiens|