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The Transition to State

Romila Thapar

in From Lineage to State: Social Formations of the Mid-First Millenium BC in the Ganga Valley

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195626759
eISBN:
9780199080656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195626759.003.0003
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter is concerned with the transition of pastoral societies into states. It starts with a discussion of the migration from the Sarasvati to the middle Ganga valley. It goes on to describe the ... More


Introduction: The Problem

Julian Thomas

in The Birth of Neolithic Britain: An Interpretive Account

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199681969
eISBN:
9780191804793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199681969.003.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes and identifies the challenges of providing an account of British Neolithization. It argues that, whether we choose to see ... More


The Neolithization of Southern Europe

Julian Thomas

in The Birth of Neolithic Britain: An Interpretive Account

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199681969
eISBN:
9780191804793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199681969.003.0002
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter examines the beginning of the Neolithic in southern Europe. It surveys archaeological evidence for the spread of domesticated plants and animals. It presents a summary of material ... More


The Neolithization of Northern Europe

Julian Thomas

in The Birth of Neolithic Britain: An Interpretive Account

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199681969
eISBN:
9780191804793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199681969.003.0003
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter examines the beginning of the Neolithic period in northern Europe. It surveys archaeological evidence for the spread of domesticated plants and animals and looks at material culture ... More


The Neolithization of Europe: Themes

Julian Thomas

in The Birth of Neolithic Britain: An Interpretive Account

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199681969
eISBN:
9780191804793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199681969.003.0004
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter examines the Neolithization of Europe. It draws attention to the multiplicity of processes of human mobility and social interaction that were involved, and rejects any notion of the ... More


Mesolithic Prelude?

Julian Thomas

in The Birth of Neolithic Britain: An Interpretive Account

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199681969
eISBN:
9780191804793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199681969.003.0006
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter draws on recent Mesolithic archaeology and hunter-gatherer ethnography to develop some ideas about the social, economic, and material conditions that existed in Britain prior to the ... More


Times and Places

Julian Thomas

in The Birth of Neolithic Britain: An Interpretive Account

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199681969
eISBN:
9780191804793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199681969.003.0007
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter first discusses the dating of the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition. It then considers assessments of dating evidence and the notion of compound temporality: the view that different ... More


Contact, Interaction, and Seafaring

Julian Thomas

in The Birth of Neolithic Britain: An Interpretive Account

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199681969
eISBN:
9780191804793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199681969.003.0008
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

One of the central planks of the argument for a Neolithic transition brought about exclusively by population movement is the notion that Britain and Ireland were culturally isolated from the ... More


Architecture: Halls and Houses

Julian Thomas

in The Birth of Neolithic Britain: An Interpretive Account

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199681969
eISBN:
9780191804793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199681969.003.0009
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter considers the significance of timber halls and houses in the Early Neolithic. It argues that hall-building marked the process by which communities ‘became Neolithic’, for it brought ... More


Architecture: Timber Structures, Long Mounds, and Megaliths

Julian Thomas

in The Birth of Neolithic Britain: An Interpretive Account

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199681969
eISBN:
9780191804793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199681969.003.0010
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter discusses the beginnings of Neolithic monumentality in Britain. The beginning of the Neolithic saw an increase in the scale of construction undertaken as well as the introduction of ... More


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