Exploration into how prehistoric Italians made their living

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Archaeologists at the University of Bradford will be leading an exploration into how prehistoric people made their living in Italy at the end of the Ice Age. The research aims to find out how hunter- gatherers in Mediterranean Europe survived before farming became widespread and why the transition to agriculture was a smooth one.

Researchers will use high-precision dating to accurately age occupation layers in archaeological cave sites and identify which animals were being hunted by the prehistoric people by studying bones found at sites. The team will also use isotope analyses to identify if the hunted animals migrated seasonally. Lead researcher Dr Randolph Donahue said:"This project brings together cutting edge scientific analyses and traditional archaeological approaches for understanding in the past. It will assist us in explaining how and why people shifted smoothly towards adopting agriculture in Mediterranean Europe following its introduction from the Near East."

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