Title: The human occupation of the Benelux during the Younger Dryas
Authors: Vermeersch, Pierre # ×
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Series Title: Quaternary International vol:242 pages:267-276
Abstract: In the Benelux, the Federmesser population of the Allerød period seems to have disappeared at the onset
of the Younger Dryas, which was a period of very cold conditions. The Ahrensburgian, a new group of
people, occupied and expanded in the lowland and the higher country probably on a seasonal basis,
during winter in the lowlands, and during the summer in the southern highland. In the Benelux, it can be
defined typologically as an industry with numerous Zonhoven points, a variable number of Ahrensburgian
points, numerous end scrapers and burins and no microburin technique. The origin of the
Ahrensburgian remains fully unclear.We suggest that the Benelux Ahrensburgian is older than the north
European one. At the end of the Younger Dryas and early Preboreal the whole Benelux, northern France,
the dry southern North Sea and Southern England was used by Ahrensburgian groups. The late
Ahrensburgian groups gave birth to the early Mesolithic and a continuous occupation of the Benelux.
ISSN: 1040-6182
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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