Late Pleistocene-Holocene coastal adaptation in central Mediterranean: Snapshots from Grotta d’Oriente (NW Sicily)

Colonese, A.C. and Lo Vetro, D. and Landini, W. and Di Giuseppe, Z. and Hausmann, N. and Demarchi, B. and d’Angelo, C. and Leng, M.J. and Incarbona, A. and Whitwood, A.C. and Martini, F. (2018) Late Pleistocene-Holocene coastal adaptation in central Mediterranean: Snapshots from Grotta d’Oriente (NW Sicily). Quaternary International . ISSN 1040-6182

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Abstract

Marine faunal remains from Grotta d’Oriente (Favignana Island, NW Sicily) offer invaluable snapshots of human-coastal environment interaction in the central Mediterranean from the Late Pleistocene to the Middle Holocene. The long-term shellfish and fish records reflect human exploitation of coastal environments undergoing considerable reorganizations during the postglacial sea level rise and the progressive isolation of Favignana from mainland Sicily. We detected an intensification of marine resource exploitation between ∼9.6 ka and ∼7.8 ka BP, which corresponds with the isolation of Favignana Island and, later on, with the introduction of early agro-pastoral economy in this region. We suggest that a higher investment in marine resource exploitation by late foragers and early farmers in NW Sicily was also supported by an increase in marine productivity in the south Tyrrhenian Sea in the Middle Holocene.

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/939208
Keywords: Central Mediterranean; NW Sicily; Upper Palaeolithic to Early Neolithic; Coastal adaptation; Environmental change
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Biosciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2018.06.018
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2018 09:21
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:41
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/52581

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