Climate change and hunter gatherers in Ireland: problems, potentials and pressing research questions

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Title: Climate change and hunter gatherers in Ireland: problems, potentials and pressing research questions
Authors: Warren, Graeme
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Date: 28-Feb-2020
Online since: 2020-12-11T13:07:38Z
Abstract: This paper reviews evidence for the potential impact of climate change on the earliest human settlement of Ireland, primarily within the Mesolithic period. Three key areas are examined: the broad correlation between climate change and the timing of the settlement of Ireland; the impact of climatically driven sea level change; and, finally the influence of key Holocene climate ‘events’ such as the 8.2 cal BP Event. Ireland should be well-placed to contribute to debates about the impact of climate change on prehistoric hunter-gatherers, but much of our data is insufficiently precise to understand this in detail.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Royal Irish Academy
Journal: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy: Archaeology, Culture, History, Literature
Volume: 120
Start page: 1
End page: 22
Copyright (published version): 2020 Royal Irish Academy
Keywords: Climate changeHunter gatherersPaleoclimatologySea levelRadiocarbon datingTsunamisAgriculturePopulation dynamicsArchaeology
DOI: 10.3318/priac.2020.120.01
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 0035-8991
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