Grey waters bright with Neolithic argonauts? Maritime connections and the Mesolithic–Neolithic transition within the ‘western seaways’ of Britain, c. 5000–3500 BC


Garrow, Duncan and Sturt, Fraser (2011) Grey waters bright with Neolithic argonauts? Maritime connections and the Mesolithic–Neolithic transition within the ‘western seaways’ of Britain, c. 5000–3500 BC. Antiquity, 85, (327), 59-72.

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Description/Abstract

Careful examination of the probable natural conditions for travel in the North Sea and Irish Sea during the late Mesolithic are here combined with the latest radiocarbon dates to present a new picture of the transition to the Neolithic in the British Isles. The islands of the west were already connected by Mesolithic traffic and did not all go Neolithic at the same time. The introduction of the Neolithic package neither depended on seaborne incomers nor on proximity to the continent. More interesting forces were probably operating on an already busy seaway

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0003-598X
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Keywords: britain, ireland, irish sea, north sea, mesolithic, neolithic
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CB History of civilization
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Archaeology
ePrint ID: 175907
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2011 08:47
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:22
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/175907

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