THE NORTHERN FRINGE OF THE SWIDERIAN TECHNOLOGICAL TRADITION: SALASPILS LAUKSKOLA REVISITED

Inger Marie Berg-Hansen, Hege Damlien, Ilga Zagorska

Abstract


The earliest settlement of Latvia occurred at the very end of the Late Glacial, after the retreat of the ice sheet. Important evidence of this earliest occupation is the well-known site Salaspils Laukskola. Previous research has focused on the typological aspects of this assemblage, and the use of lithic raw materials, suggesting an affiliation to the Swidry tradition. However, a wider technological perspective on this assemblage comprising a rich lithic inventory has recently proven fruitful. We present a detailed new technological analysis of the Laukskola assemblage, as well as five small lithic assemblages from Latvia based on a chaîne opératoire approach. While supporting the Swidry connection, this allows for a renewed discussion of the Final Palaeolithic settlement of Latvia, and its relationship with adjacent areas of northeast Europe.

Key words: Final Palaeolithic, lithic technology, lithic raw material, chaîne opératoire, technological tradition, social network, mobility, eastern Baltic.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15181/ab.v26i0.2020


Full Text: PDF Untitled

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.