|| Central Europe has experienced significant environmental changes over the last 500,000 years, which are thought to have significant consequences for the history and evolution of hominin populations over time. The general environmental record has been investigated by climate scientists and earth scientists, and faunas from archaeological sites have been recovered. However, though a variety of mammals have been recovered from archaeological sites, very little detailed palaeoecological information from the faunas from archaeological sites have been obtained, limiting our understanding of ecological settings and the behaviour of human populations through time.
The aim of this interdisciplinary study is to apply isotope studies from mammal remains (e.g., bovids, ibex, horse, cervid, reindeer, beaver) on a key set of well- known archaeological sites in Central Germany, from the Middle Pleistocene (e.g. Bilzingsleben) to the Late Pleistocene (e.g. Teufelsbrücke, Oelknitz) in order to reconstruct on-site environmental and seasonality records. The isotopic information will provide direct information on ecological settings of archaeological sites, and will be assessed relative to other environmental proxies. The subsistence and prey selection patterns of hunter-gatherer behaviourswill be investigated through the isotopic, faunal and archaeological information.