Mesolithic to Neolithic in Greece. Continuity, discontinuity or change of course?

  • Kostas Kotsakis Department of Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Keywords: Neolithic Transition, Mesolithic, Domestication, Social Identity, Conflict, Anatolia, Thessaly

Abstract

The paper reviews the status of the Mesolithic/Neolitihc interface in Greece. It is argued that the old dichotomy between “indigenists” and “diffusionists” concerning the neolithization of Greece is simplistic. Instead it is proposed that the discussion should be focused on two separate issues: one factual, emphasizing the form of phenomena and their archaeological description and one interpretive focusing more on content. Concerning the first issue, the hypothesis is made that the discontinuity in the Mesolithic/Neolithic interface is probably the result of the incomplete archaeological record and the biased research on long-term Neolithic sites in Thessaly. As for the second issue, the shift to the Neolithic can be better understood as an effort to control society and its conflicts by manipulating physical and conceptual resources and by constructing new identities.

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Published
2001-12-22
How to Cite
Kotsakis, K. (2001). Mesolithic to Neolithic in Greece. Continuity, discontinuity or change of course?. Documenta Praehistorica, 28, 63-73. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.28.4
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