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Durham University

Department of Archaeology


Publication details for Professor Robin Skeates

Skeates, R. (2017). Mobility and Place Making in Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene Italy. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 30(2): 167-188.

Author(s) from Durham


This paper offers a revised overview and model of Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene hunter-gatherers in Italy, one that questions and extends existing materialist, evolutionary and ecological perspectives through an emphasis on the socio-cultural dynamics of mobility and place making. Particular attention is paid to selected caves and rock shelters, which gained an anchoring power through the repeated performance of mundane and ritual practices, but never to the point of immobile sedentism.