The Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in western Scotland and its European context
Keywords:Mesolithic, Neolithic, transition to farming, Scotland, Northwest Europe
AbstractThe transition is considered in terms of four related questions: (i) HOW did the shift from foraging to farming happen? (ii) WHY did it happen? (iii) WHEN did it happen? (iv) WHY did it happen WHEN it did? The adoption of farming coincided with a shift to a more continental-type climate with lower winter precipitation, which improved the prospects for cereal cultivation. It is sug- gested that this was a key factor in the transition from Mesolithic to Neolithic across north-west Eu- rope as a whole.
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Bonsall, C., Anderson, D. E., & Macklin, M. G. (2002). The Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in western Scotland and its European context. Documenta Praehistorica, 29, 1–25. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.29.1
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