A Pan-European model of the Neolithic
Keywords: Neolithic, population dynamics, radiocarbon dates, archaeology, mathematical modelling
AbstractWe present a mathematical model, based on a compilation of radiocarbon dates, of the transition to the Neolithic, from about 7000 to 4000 BC in Europe. With the arrival of the Neolithic, hunting and food gathering gave way to agriculture and stock breeding in many parts of Europe; pottery-making spread into even broader areas. We use a population dynamics model to suggest the presence of two waves of advance, one from the Near East, and another through Eastern Europe. Thus, we provide a quantitative framework in which a unified interpretation of the Western and Eastern Neolithic can be developed.
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Davison, K., Dolukhanov, P. M., Sarson, G. R., & Shukurov, A. (2007). A Pan-European model of the Neolithic. Documenta Praehistorica, 34, 139-154. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.34.11
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