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Mesolithic to Neolithic transitions: new results from shell-middens in the western Algarve, Portugal

  • Mary C. Stiner (a1), Nuno F. Bicho (a2), John Lindly (a3) and Reid Ferring (a4)


New research on shell middens in the Algarve region of southern Portugal shows continuity of marine exploitation from the Mesolithic into the early Neolithic periods, where the Neolithic period is defined by the appearance of pottery in c 5500BC. The authors propose that either shellfish remained important to Neolithic people in Portugal or that Mesolithic and Neolithic subsistence strategies co-existed in this area for a relatively long time.



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