Plant economies and village life in Neolithic lake dwellings at the time of the Alpine Iceman

Jacomet, Stefanie. (2009) Plant economies and village life in Neolithic lake dwellings at the time of the Alpine Iceman. Vegetation history and archaeobotany, 18 (1). pp. 47-59.

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This paper gives an overview of domesticated and wild plants used during the 2nd half of the 4th millennium B.C. (cal.) in a region within a semicircle of ca. 100 km radius around the find spot of the Iceman. The landscape considered lies north of the main alpine chain and includes Central to Eastern Switzerland and SW-Germany (mainly sites at the lakes Zug, Zürich, Constance, Upper Swabia (the Federsee region) and western Bavaria). From this part of Central Europe the plant remains of many well preserved Lake dwelling sites were investigated during the last decades and much is known about the daily life in these villages. Probably contemporaneous with the Iceman’s lifetime is one of the best investigated settlements, Arbon Bleiche 3 at the southern shore of Lake Constance. A comparison of the Iceman´s artefacts and plant macro remains with the findings in the considered lake dwellings shows striking similarities, but also differences. Based on domestic plants found with the Iceman his southern provenience can be corroborated. He used domestic as well as wild plants, very similar as the contemporaries of the lakeside villages. The detailed knowledge of the manifold activities in the lakeshore village of Arbon Bleiche 3 allows us to show a rather realistic picture about the daily life circumstances at the time of the Iceman.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Ehemalige Einheiten Umweltwissenschaften > Archäobotanik (Jacomet)
UniBasel Contributors:Jacomet, Stefanie
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Springer International
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