A History of Human Exploitation of Alpine Regions

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Today, some still consider the higher elevations of the European Alps as mostly wild or “natural” landscapes; biomes that have
to some extent avoided the consequences of human economic activities. This article explains how this notion is misplaced via an
overview of the interplay of climate, topography and human activity. Offering a synthesis of recent research from across the alpine
arc, this contribution considers how human-environment interactions have developed through the Holocene. The evidence employed
here focusses on palaeoenvironmental archaeological evidence spanning the Alps, from Austria to France.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-12-409548-9
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Jun 2019


  • Alps
  • Holocene
  • Palaeoecology
  • Geoarchaeology
  • landscape archaeology

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