Models and scenarios of the Neolithic in Central Europe

  • Ivan Pavlů Institute of Archaeology CAS CR, Prague
Keywords: Central Europe, Neolithisation, Bohemia, palaeoeconomy, settlement patterns


The Neolithic in Central Europe can no longer be characterised as comprising a compact population of a single society in which organisations and subsistence strategies were homogeneous. Despite the apparent uniformity of the pottery, the period was characterised by a mosaic of small communities that differed in both economic and social organisation for almost two millennia. These genetically diverse communities inhabited geographical spaces of varying size, from regions to micro-regions to single settlements. The polymorphous modes of exploiting natural resources ensured successful long-term survival, even when the results of the emerging farming economy were uncertain and unreliable in some groups.


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PavlůI. (2012). Models and scenarios of the Neolithic in Central Europe. Documenta Praehistorica, 39, 95-102.