2. Mesolithic-Neolithic Transitions: An Isotopic Tour through Europe

  1. Ron Pinhasi2 and
  2. Jay T. Stock3
  1. Rick Schulting

Published Online: 14 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670170.ch2

Human Bioarchaeology of the Transition to Agriculture

Human Bioarchaeology of the Transition to Agriculture

How to Cite

Schulting, R. (2011) Mesolithic-Neolithic Transitions: An Isotopic Tour through Europe, in Human Bioarchaeology of the Transition to Agriculture (eds R. Pinhasi and J. T. Stock), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470670170.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Archaeology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

  2. 3

    Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, Department of Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Street, Cambridge, United Kingdom, CB2 1QH

Author Information

  1. School of Archaeology, University of Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2011
  2. Published Print: 18 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470747308

Online ISBN: 9780470670170

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Keywords:

  • subsistence transitions - Mesolithic-Neolithic transitions, isotopic tour through Europe and stable isotope analysis;
  • subsistence, timing and nature of changes - and transition interpreted;
  • isotopes in dietary investigations - carbon (δ13C) and nitrogen (δ15N);
  • stable nitrogen isotopes - organism's position in trophic web;
  • stable isotope analysis to Mesolithic-Neolithic transition - the Atlantic façade and the Baltic;
  • Neolithic diets - coming from terrestrial sources;
  • Britain and Ireland, support - shifting from marine foods, in Mesolithic-Neolithic transition;
  • bone preservation, poorest in northwest France and Channel Islands - buffering effects of shell;
  • Iberian Peninsula, northern coast of Spain - for Mesolithic sites of Asturian culture, and small shell middens;
  • regional variability in Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Europe - away from notions, of a farming juggernaut across the subcontinent

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Stable Isotopes

  • An Isotopic Tour through Europe

  • Conclusions

  • Notes

  • References