This book focuses on the analysis of different scales of mobility and addresses parameters and proxies of population movement aiming at the formation of a 'ground' for the further development of quantitative approaches. In order to do so, the volume explores wide-scale mobility (environmental contexts and cross-cultural trends), seasonal mobility of Paleolithic and Mesolithic hunter-gatherers, and migration, niche construction, and utilitarian and non-utilitarian factors of mobility.
Chapters in the volume include case studies from across Europe and Asia. The editors' introduction addresses the current state of mobility discourse in archaeology. The chapters address questions related to parameters used to describe different factors of movement and examines correlations between parameters describing environmental diversity, demography, and the values representing spatial movement. This volume is of interest to students and researchers of mobility of human beings in the past.
Iwona Sobkowiak-Tabaka is a University Professor of Archeology at the Adam Mickiewicz University at Poznan, Poland. Her research focuses on the issue of Late Palaeolithic communities from the North European Plain, especially on the relations between humans and the environment. She carried out two multidisciplinary projects, financed by the National Science Centre-Poland, aimed at recognition of the lifeways of Late Palaeolithic and Mesolithic hunter-gatherers in present-day Western Poland. She also took part in excavations in Sudan (Khartoum, Khor Shambat) and analyzed Mesolithic pottery of that region. Her ongoing research covers transformations and modifications of culture in prehistory.
Aleksandr Diachenko is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv. His research interests cover archaeological method and theory, spatial analysis and mathematical simulations in archaeology, and Eneolithic of Southeastern Europe. His research on Cucuteni-Tripolye cultural complex focuses on settlement systems, mobility (including migratory behaviour), and culture change. Most recently Aleksandr Diachenko in collaboration with Iwona Sobkowiak-Tabaka develops mathematical approaches to the dynamics of prehistoric culture.
Andrzej Wiśniewski is a University Professor of Archeology at the University of Wroclaw, Poland. His research interests that encompass settlement strategies and technology of the Middle and Late Palaeolithic of Central Europe, implementation of statistical methods in archaeology as well as understanding of site formation processes, has resulted in numerous publications. He is a supporter of the multi-regional concept of the development of advanced lithic technologies in the Middle Palaeolithic. He is the project leader of excavations at Sowin, Haller Avenue in Wroclaw and Pietraszyn 49a (Poland). His main current research concerns the period of the disappearance of archaic people and the beginnings of the anatomically modern humans.