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Settlement and land use in Neolithic northwestern Germany

Northwestern Lower Saxony was settled by people belonging to the Funnel Beaker (western group) and the succeeding Single Grave Culture during the 4th and the second half of the 3rd  millennium before Christ (BC). Numerous megalithic tombs and grave mounds, as well as finds of settlements and hoards document the presence of theses cultures in the area. Therefore, the region provides an ideally suited environment for investigations into relationships between different find spot ensembles and about the nature and extent of human influence on the surrounding landscapes. 

A multidisciplinary study involves archaeological sondages and palynological investigations from northwestern Germany. Within this project, five exemplarily sites were selected to investigate the issues in detail. The areas include costal areas and the Hinterland.