Mesolithic Europe

Mesolithic Europe

by Geoff Bailey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521147972

ISBN-13: 9780521147972

Pub. Date: 06/21/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book focuses on the archaeology of the hunter-gatherer societies that inhabited Europe in the millennia between the Last Ice Age and the spread of agriculture, between ten thousand and five thousand years ago. Traditionally viewed as a period of cultural stagnation, new data now demonstrates that this was a period of radical change and innovation. This was the…  See more details below

Overview

This book focuses on the archaeology of the hunter-gatherer societies that inhabited Europe in the millennia between the Last Ice Age and the spread of agriculture, between ten thousand and five thousand years ago. Traditionally viewed as a period of cultural stagnation, new data now demonstrates that this was a period of radical change and innovation. This was the period that witnessed the colonisation of extensive new territory at high latitudes and high altitudes following postglacial climatic change, the development of seafaring, and the synthesis of the technological, economic, and social capabilities that underpinned the later development of agricultural and urban societies. Providing a pan-European overview, Mesolithic Europe includes up-to-date regional syntheses written by experts in each region as well as a diversity of theoretical perspectives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521147972
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/21/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
500
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables     vii
Preface and Acknowledgments     xi
Contributors     xv
Mesolithic Europe: Glimpses of Another World   Penny Spikins     1
Innovating Hunter-Gatherers: The Mesolithic in the Baltic   Marek Zvelebil     18
Norwegian Mesolithic Trends: A Review   Hein Bjartmann Bjerck     60
Southern Scandinavia   Hans Peter Blankholm     107
Mesolithic Britain   Chris Tolan-Smith     132
New Developments in the Study of the Mesolithic of the Low Countries   Leo Verhart     158
The Mesolithic in France   Nicolas Valdeyron     182
The Mesolithic of the Upper Danube and Upper Rhine   Michael A. Jochim     203
The Mesolithic of the Middle Danube and Upper Elbe Rivers   Jiri A. Svoboda     221
The Mesolithic of the Iron Gates   Clive Bonsall     238
The Mesolithic of European Russia, Belarus, and the Ukraine   Pavel Dolukhanov     280
The Mesolithic of Atlantic Iberia   Lawrence Guy Straus     302
The Coastal Mesolithic of the European Mediterranean   Mark Pluciennik     328
Mesolithic Europe: Overview and New Problems   Geoff Bailey     357
Appendix     373
References     375
Index     453

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