Mesolithic Europe

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Geoff Bailey, Penny Spikins
Cambridge University Press, 2008 - History - 467 pages
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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 10,000 and 5,000 years ago. Traditionally viewed as a period of cultural stagnation, new data now demonstrate that this was a period of radical change and innovation. This was the period that witnessed the colonization 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.
  

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Contents

Glimpses of Another World
1
The Mesolithic in the Baltic
18
A Review
60
4 Southern Scandinavia
107
5 Mesolithic Britain
132
6 New Developments in the Study of the Mesolithic of the Low Countries
158
7 The Mesolithic in France
182
8 The Mesolithic of the Upper Danube and Upper Rhine
203
10 The Mesolithic of the Iron Gates
238
11 The Mesolithic of European Russia Belarus and the Ukraine
280
12 The Mesolithic of Atlantic Iberia
302
13 The Coastal Mesolithic of the European Mediterranean
328
Overview and New Problems
357
Approximate Correspondence between Uncalibrated Radiocarbon Dates and Calendar Years bc in the Time Range from 25
373
References
375
Index
453

9 The Mesolithic of the Middle Danube and Upper Elbe Rivers
221

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About the author (2008)

Penny Spikins is Lecturer in Prehistory in the Department of Archaeology, University of York. She has published on a broad range of topics in prehistoric archaeology and directed the West Yorkshire Mesolithic Project and the Searching for Submerged Sites Project in Northern England, and has carried out research in Argentina.

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