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

Alasdair Whittle and Vicki Cummings


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 thought about themselves and their worlds, from their pasts to their animals. Two sets of protagonists have often been lined up in the long-running debates about these processes: on the one hand incoming farmers and on the other indigenous hunter-gatherers. Both have found advocates as the dominant force in the transitions to a new way of life. North-west Europe presents a very rich data set for this fun ... More

Keywords: Mesolithic, hunter-gatherers, Neolithic, farmers, subsistence, north-west Europe, northern Spain, southern Scandinavia, colonization, indigenous adoption

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780197264140
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alasdair Whittle, editor
Distinguished Research Professor, School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University; Fellow of the British Academy

Vicki Cummings, editor
Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Central Lancashire

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