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Hunters in Transition

Hunters in Transition
Mesolithic Societies of Temperate Eurasia and their Transition to Farming


Part of New Directions in Archaeology

Marek Zvelebil, Peter Rowley-Conwy, Clive Gamble, Slavomil Vencl, James Lewthwaite, Janusz K. Koztowski, Stefan K. Koztowski, P. M. Dolukhanov, G. Matyushin, Takeru Akazawa
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  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521109574

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  • Hunters in Transition analyses one of the crucial events in human cultural evolution: the emergence of post-glacial hunter-gatherer communities and the development of farming. Traditionally, the advantages of settled agriculture have been assumed and the transition to farming has been viewed in terms of the simple dispersal of early farming communities northwards across Europe. The contributors to this volume adopt a fresh, more subtle approach. Farming is viewed from a hunter-gatherer perspective as offering both advantages and disadvantages, organisational disruption during the period of transition and far-reaching social consequences for the existing way of life. The hunter-gatherer economy and farming in fact shared a common objective: a guaranteed food supply in a changing natural and social environment. Drawing extensively on research in eastern Europe and temperate Asia, the book argues persuasively for the essential unity of all post-glacial. adaptations whether leading to the dispersal of farming or the retention and elaboration of existing hunter-gatherer strategies.

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    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521109574
    • length: 204 pages
    • dimensions: 279 x 210 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the scope of the present volume Marek Zvelebil
    Part I. The Mesolithic Context of the Transition to Farming
    1. Mesolithic prelude and Neolithic revolution Marek Zvelebil
    2. Between cave painters and crop planters: aspects of the temperate European Mesolithic Peter Rowley-Conwy
    3. The Mesolithic sandwich: ecological approaches and the archaeological record of the early post-glacial Clive Gamble
    4. The role of hunting-gathering populations in the transition to farming: a Central-European perspective Slavomil Vencl
    Part II. Regional Studies:
    5. The transition to food production: a Mediterranean perspective James Lewthwaite
    6. Foragers and farmers in Atlantic Europe Marek Zvelebil and Peter Rowley-Conwy
    7. Foragers of Central Europe and their acculturation Janusz K. Koztowski and Stefan K. Koztowski
    8. The late mesolithic and the transition to food production in Eastern Europe P. M. Dolukhanov
    9. Foragers and farmers in west-Central Asia P. M. Dolukhanov
    10. The Mesolithic and Neolithic in the southern Urals and Central Asia G. Matyushin
    11. Hunter-gatherer adaptations and the transition to food production in Japan Takeru Akazawa
    12. Mesolithic societies and the transition to farming: problems of time, scale and organisation Marek Zvelebil

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    Marek Zvelebil, Peter Rowley-Conwy, Clive Gamble, Slavomil Vencl, James Lewthwaite, Janusz K. Koztowski, Stefan K. Koztowski, P. M. Dolukhanov, G. Matyushin, Takeru Akazawa

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