The spread of farming in the Eastern Adriatic

  • Stašo Forenbaher Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb
  • Preston T. Miracle Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge
Keywords: Neolithic, farming, Croatia, Adriatic, colonization


The beginning of farming in the Adriatic is a topic ripe for a new discussion and synthesis. Several lines of evidence suggest that immigration played a major role in the process. It involved, however, both the actual movement of people and the active participation of the local population, and probably unfolded somewhat differently in different parts of the region. There is provocative evidence that the transition to farming occurred in a two-stage process. There was an initial stage of very rapid dispersal, perhaps by exploratory parties along the coast in the southern Adriatic. During the second stage, the eastern Adriatic littoral was probably colonized by farming communities, while the hinterland remained an agricultural frontier zone.


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ForenbaherS., & MiracleP. T. (2006). The spread of farming in the Eastern Adriatic. Documenta Praehistorica, 33, 89-100.