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Neolithic transition in Europe: the radiocarbon record revisited

  • Marina Gkiasta (a1), Thembi Russell (a2), Stephen Shennan (a1) and James Steele (a2)

Understanding the introduction of farming and the adoption of Neolithic culture continues to be a major research objective in Europe. The authors make use of a new database of radiocarbon dates from Mesolithic and Neolithic sites to map the transition. While the overall effect is still a diffusion into Europe from the south-east, detailed spatial analysis reveals fascinating local variations: in some places change was rapid, and one population replaced another, in others it was gradual and owed to incoming ideas rather than people.

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