Early Neolithic population dynamics in the Eastern Balkans and the Great Hungarian Plain

  • Tamara Blagojević University of Belgrade
  • Marko Porčić University of Belgrade
  • Kristina Penezić University of Belgrade
  • Sofija Stefanović University of Belgrade
Keywords: Early Neolithic, Neolithic demographic transition, paleodemography, radiocarbon, Southeast Europe

Abstract

In this study, we reconstruct population dynamics in the Early Neolithic of the Eastern Balkans and the Great Hungarian Plain using frequency of radiocarbon dates as a population proxy. The method of summed calibrated radiocarbon probability distributions is applied to a set of dates recently published in Bulgaria and Hungary. The aim is to test the hypothesis of the Neolithic demo­graphic transition (NDT) in these regions and to compare the patterns between these two and neighbouring regions. The results show that episodes of population growth occurred in both regions, which is in partial agreement with the predictions of the NDT theory. Population growth is detected, but it is followed by a bust, rather than stabilisation as predicted for the second phase of the NDT.

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Author Biographies

Tamara Blagojević, University of Belgrade
Laboratory for bioarchaeology, Faculty of Philosophy
Marko Porčić, University of Belgrade
Laboratory for bioarchaeology, Faculty of Philosophy
Kristina Penezić, University of Belgrade
Laboratory for bioarchaeology, Faculty of Philosophy
Sofija Stefanović, University of Belgrade
Laboratory for bioarchaeology, Faculty of Philosophy
Published
2018-01-03
How to Cite
Blagojević, T., Porčić, M., Penezić, K., & Stefanović, S. (2018). Early Neolithic population dynamics in the Eastern Balkans and the Great Hungarian Plain. Documenta Praehistorica, 44, 18-33. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.44.2
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