The Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in western Scotland and its European context

  • C. Bonsall Department of Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • D. E. Anderson School of Geography, University of Oxford, UK
  • M. G. Macklin Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Wales
Keywords: Mesolithic, Neolithic, transition to farming, Scotland, Northwest Europe

Abstract

The 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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Published
2002-12-22
How to Cite
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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