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Active tectonics and land-use strategies: a Palaeolithic example from northwest Greece

  • Geoff Bailey (a1), Geoff King (a2) and Derek Sturdy (a3)

Tectonic movements – continuously re-moulding the surface of the earth over the inexorable activity of underlying plate motions – are rarely taken into account when assessing landscape change, except as an exotic hazard to human life or a temporary disruption in longer-term trends. Active tectonics also create and sustain landscapes that can be beneficial to human survival. The tectonic history of northwest Greece shows Palaeolithic sites located to take advantage of tectonically created features at both local and regional scales.

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