Re: [tied] Re: Danubian homeland?

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 9316
Date: 2001-09-10

The two cultures have different pottery styles, agricultural techniques and settlement systems, though of course they appear to be genetically related (the TRB originated within the LBK). The LBK (= Linear Pottery) people penetrated mainly river valleys and practised fix-plot farming on alluvial plains. TRB people began to clear forests and to colonise the uplands of Central Europe. The average population density increased considerably at that time. Eventually, systematic forest clearing (coupled with the effects of the Subboreal climatic episode) led to the denudation of some areas and accelerated the formation of forest-steppe grasslands. This in turn favoured the switch of emphasis from agriculture to animal herding in some Central European groups. Towards the end of the TRB period there was a drastic population slump (e.g. by 75% in the Bronocice region), possibly as a result of warfare (aggressive pastoral communities of the Globular Amphora culture and the Corded Ware "movement"?).
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From: Joseph S Crary
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2001 5:34 PM
Subject: [tied] Re: Danubian homeland?

Again I don't think the calendical dates are as important as the
general sequence. It appears that the Linear Pottery, LBK, and in
some districts the early TRB form a single continuum. This is from
early to the beginnings of intensive agriculture. I'm not entirely
sure why this complex was subdivided? This appears to cover the
processes of local incorporation, aggregation, emergent complexity,
and agricultural intensification. This appears to be followed by a
slow decline and general collapse.