Reporter 414, 9 February 1998

Between the sheets

Evidence of an early meat processing centre in Greece helped a multinational team of specialists trace human activity and environmental changes during the Ice Age.

Working alongside international archaeologists were Mark Macklin and Jamie Woodward of the University’s School of Geography and the new Centre for Geoarchaeology. The Centre, which replaces the Archaeological Centre, involves staff from Geography and Earth Sciences. Team members combined their different disciplines to come up with a 100,000 year human history of a mountainous area which experienced some of Europe’s most dramatic landscape movements. This unique study demonstrated the possibilities of providing a crucial bridge between analysing environmental change and cultural data.

Dr Macklin said 1.5 million pieces of evidence showed how people exploited “a window of opportunity between the retreating glaciers and the advancing forests of the post-glacial period.”

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