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Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe$
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Alasdair Whittle and Vicki Cummings

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264140

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.001.0001

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Introduction: transitions and transformations

Introduction: transitions and transformations

(p.1) Introduction: transitions and transformations
Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe

Alasdair Whittle

Vicki Cummings

British Academy

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 with the radical premise that most or all societies in the post-glacial period – whatever their subsistence or technological base – were normally in a state of transformation, which would offer a quite different perspective on the holy grail of finding moments of Mesolithic–Neolithic transition? The chapter then sets out the focus of the book, namely the Mesolithic–Neolithic transition in north-west Europe.

Keywords:   hunter-gatherers, farming society, Mesolithic–Neolithic transition, north-west Europe

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