Waste management at the end of the Stone Age


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Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journal of Landscape Ecology
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Faculty of Social Studies

Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/jlecol-2017-0009
Field Archaeology, anthropology, ethnology
Keywords Waste; waste management; Neolithic; Chalcolithic; cleanliness; environmental history
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Description This article describes examples of waste management systems from archaeo-logical sites in Europe and the Middle East. These examples are then contextual-ized in the broader perspectives of environmental history. We can confidently claim that the natural resource use of societies predating the Lower Palaeolithic was in equilibrium with the environment. In sharp contrast stand communities from the Upper Palaeolithic and onwards, when agriculture appeared and pro-vided opportunities for what seemed like unlimited expansion.
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