Long and short revolutions towards the Neolithic in western Anatolia and Aegean

  • Barbara Horejs Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Keywords: neolithic pioneers, social life, practices, technologies, western Anatolia


This paper provides an overview of our current knowledge about the transformation towards the Neolithic in western Anatolia and the Aegean, and offers a narrative for their interpretation. Within the longue durée perspective of the long revolution in the Near East, the first millennia of the Holocene of the Aegean and western Anatolia are contrasted with each other. Economic strategies, environmental conditions, technologies, raw material procurement and cultural practices in the Aegean Mesolithic and the Pre-Neolithic times in western Anatolia are analysed to classify potential similarities and differences. The evidence of new cultural and symbolic practices, eco-nomies, and technologies in the seventh millennium is discussed as the paradox of a short revolu-tion embedded in a long-term process of interaction, knowledge-transfer and adaptation, setting the scene for the Neolithic pioneers establishing a new social life.


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HorejsB. (2019). Long and short revolutions towards the Neolithic in western Anatolia and Aegean. Documenta Praehistorica, 46, 68-83. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.46.5