Going over : the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in north-west Europe /
edited by Alasdair Whittle & Vicki Cummings.
Oxford : Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press, 2007.
xv, 632 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
019726414X (hbk.), 9780197264140 (hbk.)
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Oxford : Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press, 2007.
019726414X (hbk.)
9780197264140 (hbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The processes involved in the transformation of society from Mesolithic hunter-gatherers to Neolithic farmers were complex. They involved changes not only in subsistence but also in how people thought about themselves and their worlds, from their pasts to their animals. Two sets of protagonists have often been lined up in the long-running debates about these processes: on the one hand incoming farmers and on the other indigenous hunter-gatherers. Both have found advocates as the dominant force in the transitions to a new way of life. North-west Europe presents a very rich data set for this fundamental change, and recent research has both extended and deepened our knowledge of regional sequences, from the sixth to the fourth millennia cal BC. One of the most striking results is the evident diversity from northern Spain to southern Scandinavia. No one region is quite like another; hunter-gatherers and early farmers alike were also varied and the old labels of Mesolithic and Neolithic are increasingly inadequate to capture the diversity of human agency and belief. Surveys of the most recent evidence presented here also strongly suggest a diversity of transformations. Some cases of colonisation on the one hand, and indigenous adoption on the other, can still be argued but many situations now seem to involve complex fusions and mixtures. This wide-ranging set of papers by leading specialists offers a comprehensive and authoritative overview of this fundamental transition.
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This wide-ranging collection of essays covers the transformation from Mesolithic hunter-gatherers to Neolithic farmers. Providing an overview of this fundamental change in human society, it offers a comprehensive and authoritative treatment by leading specialists.
Table of Contents
Introduction: transitions and transformationsp. 1
From Mesolithic to Neolithic modes of thoughtp. 5
From Mesolithic to Early Neolithic in the western Mediterraneanp. 21
Neighbours but diverse: social change in north-west Iberia during the transition from the Mesolithic to the Neolithic (5500-4000 cal B.C.)p. 53
Beyond the models: 'Neolithisation' in Central Europep. 73
Beyond 'migration' versus 'acculturation': new models for the spread of agriculturep. 99
Mobility, specialisation and community diversity in the Linearbandkeramik: isotopic evidence from the skeletonsp. 117
Exploiting molecular and isotopic signals at the Mesolithic-Neolithic transitionp. 141
Neolithic cattle domestication as seen from ancient DNAp. 165
Substitution of species, techniques and symbols at the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Western Europep. 189
The Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in the Paris Basin: a reviewp. 211
Neolithic fragrances: Mesolithic-Neolithic interactions in western Francep. 225
Changing places: monuments and the Neolithic transition in western Francep. 243
The neolithisation of the Scheldt basin in western Belgiump. 263
The gradual transition to farming in the Lower Rhine Basinp. 287
Mesolithic mythsp. 311
The Neolithic sensory revolution: monumentality and the experience of landscapep. 329
Houses, bodies and tombsp. 347
Neolithic farming in Britain and central Europe: contrast or continuity?p. 357
The temporality of transformation: dating the early development of the southern British Neolithicp. 377
The Thames Valley in the late fifth and early fourth millennium cal B.C.: the appearance of domestication and the evidence for changep. 399
Mesolithic-Neolithic transitions in Britain: from essence to inhabitationp. 423
From Picardie to Pickering and Pencraig Hill? New information on the 'Carinated Bowl Neolithic' in northern Britainp. 441
From midden to megalith? The Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in western Britainp. 493
The Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in western Scotland: a review and new evidence from Tireep. 511
Parallel worlds or multi-stranded identities? Considering the process of 'going over' in Ireland and the Irish Sea zonep. 543
From fish and seal to sheep and cattle: new research into the process of neolithisation in northern Germanyp. 567
Mistrust traditions, consider innovations? The Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in southern Scandinaviap. 595
Going over: people and their timesp. 617
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