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Early Farmers: The View from Archaeology and Science

Alasdair Whittle and Penny Bickle


Taking the European Neolithic as its focal point, this wide-ranging set of chapters illustrates how the different disciplinary paths within scientific and interpretative archaeology can be woven together to forward our understanding of early farmers, including their origins, varied subsistence practices and social networks. Contributions to the volume present a broad range of innovative approaches, including isotopic studies of mobility and diet, lipid analysis of pottery, recent advances in osteological studies and ancient DNA analysis. These are combined with chapters considering the wider t ... More

Keywords: European Neolithic, isotopes, aDNA, lipid analysis, subsistence practices, theoretical archaeology, diet, mobility, collaborative research

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780197265758
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265758.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alasdair Whittle, editor
Distinguished Research Professor, Cardiff University

Penny Bickle, editor
Research Associate, University of Bristol

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1 Introduction

Penny Bickle and Alasdair Whittle

4 Multi-agent Modelling of the Trajectory of the LBK Neolithic

Jean-Pierre Bocquet-Appel, Jérôme Dubouloz, Richard Moussa, Jean-François Berger, Anne Tresset, Elena Ortu, Jean-Denis Vigne, Robin Bendrey, Stéphanie Bréhard, Dominique Schwartz, Aurélie Salavert, Maria Fernanda Sanchez-Goñi, Damien Ertlen, Yoann Gauvry, Gourguen Davtian, Marc Vander Linden, Eva Lenneis, Lorette Noiret, Agnès Guillaumont and Martin O’Connor

5 Ancient DNA Evidence for a Homogeneous Maternal Gene Pool in Sixth Millennium cal BC Hungary and the Central European LBK

Anna Szécsényi-Nagy, Victoria Keerl, János Jakucs, Guido Brandt, Eszter Bánffy and Kurt W. Alt

6 Settlement Burials at the Karsdorf LBK Site, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Guido Brandt, Corina Knipper, Nicole Nicklisch, Robert Ganslmeier, Mechthild Klamm and Kurt W. Alt

7 Cattle and Sheep Herding at Cheia, Romania, at the Turn of the Fifth Millennium cal BC

Marie Balasse, Carlos Tornero, Stéphanie Bréhard, Joël Ughetto-Monfrin, Valentina Voinea and Adrian Bǎlǎşescu

8 Herding Practices in the Ditched Villages of the Neolithic Tavoliere (Apulia, South-east Italy)

Mary Anne Tafuri, John Robb, Maria Giovanna Belcastro, Valentina Mariotti, Paola Iacumin, Antonietta Di Matteo and Tamsin O’Connell

9 Linear Pottery Culture Household Organisation

Lamys Hachem and Caroline Hamon

10 Framing Farming

Amy Bogaard

11 Stewing on a Theme of Cuisine

Hayley Saul, Aikaterini Glykou and Oliver E. Craig

13 Biographical Bodies

Jessica Pearson and Lynn Meskell

14 Neolithic Lifeways

Wendy Matthews, Lisa-Marie Shillito, Sarah Elliott, Ian D. Bull and James Williams

15 Violence in Neolithic North-west Europe

Rick J. Schulting and Linda Fibiger

16 Mass Graves of the LBK

Christian Meyer, Christian Lohr, Olaf Kürbis, Veit Dresely, Wolfgang Haak, Christina J. Adler, Detlef Gronenborn and Kurt W. Alt

17 Revealing Our Vibrant Past

Oliver J.T. Harris

18 Pottery, Archaeology and Chemistry

Jessica Smyth and Richard P. Evershed

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