Cultural and demic diffusion of first farmers, herders,and their innovations across Eurasia

Keywords: cultural diffusion, demic diffusion, modelling, Neolithic, Eurasia

Abstract

Was the spread of agro-pastoralism from the Eurasian founder regions dominated by demic or by cultural diffusion? This study employs simulations that unfold a complex inter-regional and time varying pattern of demic and diffusive exchange processes during the Neolithisation, and thus supports from a modelling perspective the hypothesis that there is no simple or exclusive demic or cultural diffusion, but that in most regions of Eurasia a combination of demic and cultural processes were important.

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Author Biography

Carsten Lemmen, C.L. Science Consult and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht
Independent Archaeology Modeling Consultant
Published
2015-12-17
How to Cite
Lemmen, C. (2015). Cultural and demic diffusion of first farmers, herders,and their innovations across Eurasia. Documenta Praehistorica, 42, 93–102. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.42.5
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