The Last Glacial Period (LGP) occurred from the end of the Eemian to the end of the Younger Dryas, encompassing the period c. 115,000 – c. 11,700 years ago. This most recent glacial period is part of a larger pattern of glacial and interglacial periods known as the Quaternary glaciation (or more informally as the Ice Age) extending from c. 2,588,000 years ago to present. During this last glacial period there were alternating episodes of glacier advance and retreat.

Within the last glacial period the Last Glacial Maximum was approximately 22,000 years ago. While the general pattern of global cooling and glacier advance was similar, local differences in the development of glacier advance and retreat make it difficult to compare the details from continent to continent. Approximately 13,000 years ago, the Late Glacial Maximum began. The end of the Younger Dryas about 11,700 years ago marked the beginning of the Holocene geological epoch, which includes the Holocene glacial retreat.

From the point of view of human archaeology, the last glacial period falls in the Paleolithic and early Mesolithic periods.

Last Glacial Period in Earthgrip[]

The Foitani Great Ones visited Earth during the Last Glacial Period, specifically the Pleistocene Epoch. Deciding that humanity appeared on the way to becoming a serious rival to their own kind, the Foitani crafted a genocidal bioweapon which failed to achieve its aims.

Last Glacial Period in "The Yorkshire Mammoth"[]

While the Ice Age was generally considered to have ended millennia ago, the glaciers it left behind in northern locations such as Yorkshire left many people wondering whether the Ice Age had truly abated. Cold winds from the glaciers required a tougher type of farmer than was found in the lower dales.[1]


  1. Clarkesworld, #155.