Marine Ventures - Archaeological Perspectives on Human-Sea Relations - Hein B. Bjerck

Marine Ventures - Archaeological Perspectives on Human-Sea Relations - Hein B. Bjerck

7. Two Case Studies in the Initial Early Holocene Colonisation in Parts of Europe's Atlantic Edges: It’s Not Getting There That Matters

Marine Ventures - Archaeological Perspectives on Human-Sea Relations - Hein B. Bjerck

Peter C. Woodman
University College Cork

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This paper examines the issues associated with the expansion of human populations into the N. W. Atlantic peripheries at the beginning of the Holocene. It is based on a comparison between Ireland in the West and Arctic Norway. It suggests that movements into new lands are not so much an event but rather a series of processes that take place over time. The rapidity of initial settlement is not simply based on the closeness of new lands but is rather conditioned by ecological differences which in turn impact on economic and social matters. It also suggests that after a short phase of initial arrival, there will usually be a period of adapting to the particular challenges of these new landscapes.

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Woodman, Peter . 7. Two Case Studies in the Initial Early Holocene Colonisation in Parts of Europe's Atlantic Edges: It’s Not Getting There That Matters. Marine Ventures - Archaeological Perspectives on Human-Sea Relations. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 105-122 Nov 2016. ISBN 9781781791363. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25661. Date accessed: 19 Sep 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25661. Nov 2016

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