As the ice retreated from Northern Europe towards the end of the last Glacial period, humans started to move north and recolonise the landscape.
While popular myth paints a picture of harsh conditions with small groups of ‘cavemen’ living a difficult and marginal existence, it is now being understood that complex and relatively advanced cultures typified these societies. Despite harsh winter conditions the climate allowed a varied environments in which plant and animal biomass levels were surprisingly high.
Late Glacial environments are an important component of European courses in Anthropology, Archaeology and Earth Science (Quaternary Geoscience). Barton has an established reputation as a researcher and author and his new book will be widely welcomed throughout Europe.