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Mesolithic myths

Graeme Warren

in Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264140
eISBN:
9780191734489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0016
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter highlights important new trends in Mesolithic archaeology by presenting some myths. Put crudely, myths help us to tell stories, or guide other actions. Whilst myths may have their ... More


Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe

Alasdair Whittle and Vicki Cummings (eds)

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264140
eISBN:
9780191734489
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.001.0001
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

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 ... More


Introduction: transitions and transformations

Alasdair Whittle and Vicki Cummings

in Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264140
eISBN:
9780191734489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0001
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the significance of the transition from hunter-gatherer existence to farming society. It raises the following question: What if we started ... More


Mobility, specialisation and community diversity in the Linearbandkeramik: isotopic evidence from the skeletons

Alex Bentley

in Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264140
eISBN:
9780191734489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0007
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter considers the LBK in south-western Germany, which is an ideal study area regarding questions of community diversity, because it was at or near the frontier zone between foragers and ... More


Substitution of species, techniques and symbols at the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Western Europe

Anne Tresset and Jean-Denis Vigne

in Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264140
eISBN:
9780191734489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0010
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

It is often assumed that the dissemination of the Neolithic way of life, which originated in the Near East, took a more complex turn when arriving in the western part of Europe. This may be partly ... More


Neolithic fragrances: Mesolithic-Neolithic interactions in western France

Grégor Marchand

in Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264140
eISBN:
9780191734489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0012
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter considers the Neolithic transition of western France through the relationships between communities of hunter-gatherers and those of farmers. The intention is not so much to place farming ... More


Changing places: monuments and the Neolithic transition in western France

Chris Scarre

in Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264140
eISBN:
9780191734489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0013
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

The suggestion that monuments were not a feature of the initial Neolithic poses anew the question of the Mesolithic contribution to the earliest Neolithic of Atlantic Europe. Put bluntly, are these ... More


The neolithisation of the Scheldt basin in western Belgium

Philippe Crombé and Bart Vanmontfort

in Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264140
eISBN:
9780191734489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0014
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter focuses on the neolithization process in two different landscape zones of the Scheldt basin extending over western Belgium: first, the northern coversand lowland bordering the Atlantic ... More


The Neolithic sensory revolution: monumentality and the experience of landscape

Chris Tilley

in Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264140
eISBN:
9780191734489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0017
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

If Neolithic communities did feel and think differently about the world from those in the Mesolithic, what caused the change? This chapter argues that a fundamental part of a new Neolithic ‘mode of ... More


The temporality of transformation: dating the early development of the southern British Neolithic

Alasdair Whittle

in Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264140
eISBN:
9780191734489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0020
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter has three aims: first, to draw attention to now-routine methods of refining radiocarbon chronologies; second, to sketch some of the first results from the application of such methods to ... More


Mesolithic-Neolithic transitions in Britain: from essence to inhabitation

Julian Thomas

in Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264140
eISBN:
9780191734489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0022
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter argues that the critical changes that we can identify across the so-called ‘Mesolithic–Neolithic transition’ are not limited to the presence or absence of particular resources or ... More


From midden to megalith? The Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in western Britain

Vicki Cummings

in Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264140
eISBN:
9780191734489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0024
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

The transition from the Mesolithic to the Neolithic in Britain and Ireland remains one of the most debated and contested transitions of prehistory. Much more complex than a simple transition from ... More


The Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in western Scotland: a review and new evidence from Tiree

Steven Mithen, Anne Pirie, Sam Smith, and Karen Wicks

in Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264140
eISBN:
9780191734489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0025
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

Although both the Mesolithic and Neolithic of western Scotland have been studied since the early 20th century, our knowledge of both periods remains limited, as does our understanding of the ... More


Parallel worlds or multi-stranded identities? Considering the process of ‘going over’ in Ireland and the Irish Sea zone

Gabriel Cooney

in Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264140
eISBN:
9780191734489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0026
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter discusses the Mesolithic–Neolithic transition in Ireland. The ideas of identity encompassing places, pasts and presents, and people and things are seen as providing an important ... More


From fish and seal to sheep and cattle: new research into the process of neolithisation in northern Germany

Sönke Hartz, Harald Lübke, and Thomas Terberger

in Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264140
eISBN:
9780191734489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0027
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

The border between the Mesolithic and the Neolithic in Central Europe is traditionally defined on the basis of subsistence strategy. It is the development from hunter-gatherer groups in the forests ... More


Mistrust traditions, consider innovations? The Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in southern Scandinavia

Lars Larsson

in Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264140
eISBN:
9780191734489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0028
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

For the individuals participating in the Mesolithic–Neolithic transition, one question must have recurrently emerged as a prime concern: ‘Should I mistrust traditions and consider innovations’? This ... More


Going over: people and their times

Alasdair Whittle

in Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264140
eISBN:
9780191734489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0029
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This concluding chapter does not aim to be a magisterial overview or a comprehensive summary. The preceding chapters speak for themselves of the range and quality of research currently being carried ... More


Hunters and Gatherers

Ian Armit

in The Archaeology of Skye and the Western Isles

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748608584
eISBN:
9780748670710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748608584.003.0003
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter addresses the question of the human colonisation of the Hebrides. It outlines what is known of Mesolithic societies in the region and details the key site of Kinloch on Rhum.


Revealing Our Vibrant Past: Science, Materiality and the Neolithic

Oliver J.T. Harris

in Early Farmers: The View from Archaeology and Science

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780197265758
eISBN:
9780191771965
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265758.003.0017
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter argues that, despite some valiant attempts, archaeologists are still struggling with fundamental tensions between science and theory, and in effect, between nature and culture. These ... More


Human Evolution: The Old Stone Age

R.S. Sharma

in India’s Ancient Past

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195687859
eISBN:
9780199080366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195687859.003.0007
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

Humans appeared on the earth in pre-Pleistocene and early Pleistocene times. Humans form part of the hominid line of evolution and Australopithecus was the last of the pre-human hominids. Some of the ... More


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