The expansion of agrarian societies towards the North – new evidence for agriculture during the Mesolithic/Neolithic transition in Southern Scandinavia

Lasse Sørensen, Sabine Karg

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Abstract

Radiocarbon dates indicate the migration of Central European farmers to Southern Scandinavia during the period 4000–3700 cal BC. ► Faunal and botanical records of these first farmers are frequent at inland sites located on easily-workable arable soils. ► Flint mining and pioneering farming activities are intertwined at inland sites showing a rapid change to agrarian ideology. ► At coastal and lake shore sites agrarian subsistence was applied gradually showing a slow change towards farming activities. ► Local hunter–gatherers and pioneering farmers gradually assimilated during a complex process.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Volume51
Pages (from-to)98-114
Number of pages17
ISSN0305-4403
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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