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Cliodynamic archaeology: Computational approaches to Final Palaeolithic/earliest Mesolithic archaeology and climate change

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Project "CLIOARCH" data sheet

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Organization address
city: AARHUS C
postcode: 8000

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 Coordinator Country Denmark [DK]
 Total cost 1˙907˙638 €
 EC max contribution 1˙907˙638 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2018-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-09-01   to  2024-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    AARHUS UNIVERSITET DK (AARHUS C) coordinator 1˙907˙638.00


 Project objective

Late Pleistocene/early Holocene Europe is said to be the ideal laboratory for the investigation of human responses to rapidly changing climates and environments, migration and adaptation. Yet, pinpointing precisely how and why contemporaneous Final Palaeolithic/earliest Mesolithic (15,000-11,000 years BP) foragers migrated, and which environmental or other factors they adapted to – or failed to – has remained remarkably elusive. At the core of ClioArch is the radical but, in light of research-historical insights, necessary hypothesis that the current archaeological cultural taxonomy for this iconic period of European prehistory is epistemologically flawed and that operationalisations and interpretations based on this traditional taxonomy – especially those that seek to relate observed changes in material culture and land-use to contemporaneous climatic and environmental changes – are therefore problematic. Hence, novel approaches to crafting the taxonomic building blocks are required, as are novel analyses of human|environment relations in this period. ClioArch’s premier ambition is to provide operational cultural taxonomies for the Final Palaeolithic/earliest Mesolithic of Europe and to couple these with interdisciplinary cultural evolutionary, quantitative ecological methods and field archaeological investigations beyond the state-of-the-art, so as to better capture such adaptations – almost certainly with major implications for the standard culture-historical narrative relating to this period. In so doing, the project will pioneer a fully transparent and replicable – and eminently transferable – methodology for the study of the impacts of climate change and extreme environmental events in deep history. In turn, such a quantitative understanding of past adaptive dynamics will position archaeology more centrally in contemporary debates about climate change, environmental catastrophe and their cultural dimensions.


List of deliverables.
Data Management Plan Open Research Data Pilot 2020-03-25 22:39:42

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of CLIOARCH deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Livija IvanovaitÄ—, Kamil Serwatka, Christian Steven Hoggard, Florian Sauer, Felix Riede
All these Fantastic Cultures? Research History and Regionalization in the Late Palaeolithic Tanged Point Cultures of Eastern Europe
published pages: 1-24, ISSN: 1461-9571, DOI: 10.1017/eaa.2019.59
European Journal of Archaeology 2020-03-25
2020 Felix Riede, Astolfo G.M. Araujo, Michael C. Barton, Knut Andreas Bergsvik, Huw S. Groucutt, Shumon T. Hussain, Javier Fernandez‐Lopez de Pablo, Andreas Maier, Ben Marwick, Lydia Pyne, Kathryn Ranhorn, Natasha Reynolds, Julien Riel‐Salvatore, Florian Sauer, Kamil Serwatka, Annabell Zander
Cultural taxonomies in the Paleolithic—Old questions, novel perspectives
published pages: , ISSN: 1060-1538, DOI: 10.1002/evan.21819
Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews 2020-03-25
2019 Felix Riede, Shumon T. Hussain
Zur gegenwärtigen taxonomischen Krise in der Archäologie der frühesten Menschheitsgeschichte – Bericht zum 1. CLIOARCH Workshop auf Schloss Sandbjerg, Dänemark, 27.-29. November 2019
published pages: , ISSN: 2197-7429, DOI: 10.11588/ai.2019.0.69427
Archäologische Informationen 2020-03-25
2019 Natasha Reynolds, Felix Riede
Reject or revive? The crisis of cultural taxonomy in the European Upper Palaeolithic and beyond
published pages: 1368-1370, ISSN: 0003-598X, DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2019.156
Antiquity 93/371 2020-03-25
2019 Natasha Reynolds, Felix Riede
House of cards: cultural taxonomy and the study of the European Upper Palaeolithic
published pages: 1350-1358, ISSN: 0003-598X, DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2019.49
Antiquity 93/371 2020-03-25

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