Early Neolithic settlement patterns and exchange networks in the Aegean

  • Agathe Reingruber The German Archaeological Institute (DAI), Eurasia Department, Berlin
Keywords: Aegean, Neolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithisation, networks


The Neolithisation process is one of the major issues under debate in Aegean archaeology, since the description of the basal layers of Thessalian tell-settlements some fifty years ago. The pottery, figurines or stamps seemed to be of Anatolian origin, and were presumably brought to the region by colonists. The direct linking of the so-called ‘Neolithic Package’ with groups of people leaving Central Anatolia after the collapse of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B resulted in the colonisation model of the Aegean. This view is not supported by results obtained from natural sciences such as archaeobotany, radiocarbon analyses, and neutron activation on obsidian. When theories of social networks are brought into the discussion, the picture that emerges becomes much more differentiated and complex.


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ReingruberA. (2011). Early Neolithic settlement patterns and exchange networks in the Aegean. Documenta Praehistorica, 38, 291-306. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.38.23