until 9600 BC
Summer tent of reindeer hunters
The cold steppe (tundra) at the end of the Ice Age offered ideal conditions for large herds of reindeer. The animals were extensively used as a source of food and raw materials. The people followed the herds on their seasonal migrations. Lean-to shelters and tents served as mobile housing; the tent skin was made from tanned leather or rawhide. The tents could be packed small and were therefore easily transported. Whether those tents were also used during winter remains questionable.