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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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The Neolithic sensory revolution: monumentality and the experience of landscape

The Neolithic sensory revolution: monumentality and the experience of landscape

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(p.329) The Neolithic sensory revolution: monumentality and the experience of landscape
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Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe
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Chris Tilley

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0017

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 thought’ was directly stimulated by fresh forms of sensory experience of place and landscape. If there was a Neolithic ‘revolution’, it entailed a sensory revolution in which through altering the earth people transformed their own experiential conditions of existence in a fundamental way. A new sensory experience of place and landscape and new modes of dwelling led directly to new ways of thinking and new sets of cosmological ideas explaining the place of people in the world.

Keywords:   Neolithic, Mesolithic, mode of thought, sensory experience

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