Modelling the Pleistocene colonisation of Eastern Mediterranean islandscapes

Moutsiou, Theodora, Reepmeyer, Christian, Kassianidou, Vasiliki, Zomeni, Zomenia, and Agapiou, Athos (2021) Modelling the Pleistocene colonisation of Eastern Mediterranean islandscapes. PLoS ONE, 16 (10).

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Abstract

Predictive models have become an integral part of archaeological research, particularly in the discovery of new archaeological sites. In this paper, we apply predictive modeling to map high potential Pleistocene archaeological locales on the island of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean. The model delineates landscape characteristics that denote areas with high potential to unearth Pleistocene archaeology while at the same time highlighting localities that should be excluded. The predictive model was employed in surface surveys to systematically access high probability locales on Cyprus. A number of newly identified localities suggests that the true density of mobile hunter-gatherer sites on Cyprus is seriously underestimated in current narratives. By adding new data to this modest corpus of early insular sites, we are able to contribute to debates regarding island colonisation and the role of coastal environments in human dispersals to new territories.

Item ID: 69849
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1932-6203
Copyright Information: © 2021 Moutsiou et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2021 00:37
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4301 Archaeology > 430104 Archaeology of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Levant @ 100%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130704 Understanding Europe’s past @ 100%
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