Neanderthal coastal adaptations in southern Europe and eastern Asia

Project Details


What do we know about Neanderthal behavioural and foraging ecology? What about the role of coastal environments in Neanderthal adaptive capacity and resilience through the Middle Palaeolithic? To answer these questions, researchers on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions project NEARCOAST will apply a suite of bioarchaeological and molecular techniques on faunal remains recovered from key Neanderthal coastal locations between the eastern Mediterranean and Atlantic Europe. The team will test the hypothesis that investment in shellfish procurement responded to a longitudinal gradient in intertidal profitability. NEARCOAST will also study whether intertidal resources were mostly secured in colder months of the year, in response to the seasonally controlled altitudinal mobility of large ungulates. The findings will enhance our scientific and public knowledge on Neanderthal coastal adaptation.
StatusNot started
Effective start/end date1/09/2331/08/25


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