Mar 01, 2017
from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
|Where||South Lecture Room, Division of Archaeology, Downing Site|
|Contact Name||Tansy Branscombe|
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The transition in subsistence strategy from foraging to farming is one of the most important ecological and cultural changes in human history. In the British Isles, understanding the timing of the adoption of agriculture appears complex, with competing theories and diverse evidence. There seems to be virtually complete replacement of Mesolithic foraging behaviours by Neolithic farming by c. 4000 cal. BC, however this may not be the full picture. Here I present new radiocarbon dating evidence and a review of material dating to before 4000 BC. This suggests that Neolithic practices may have been introduction incrementally, together with a retention of foraging strategies suited to a wooded environment.