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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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Mesolithic-Neolithic transitions in Britain: from essence to inhabitation

Mesolithic-Neolithic transitions in Britain: from essence to inhabitation

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(p.423) Mesolithic-Neolithic transitions in Britain: from essence to inhabitation
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Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe
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Julian Thomas

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0022

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 artefact types, or even their contribution to the overall diet of a community. Instead, we should address the way that people inhabit a landscape, and the extent to which new material and symbolic media transformed their existence, at the level of everyday tasks, routine movements, and habitual activities. Importantly, different facets of this transformation might not all have proceeded at the same rate, and this suggests that the phenomenon is best investigated at the regional scale.

Keywords:   Mesolithic community, Neolithic community, artefact, diet, symbolic media

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