Long-distance Trade in Prehistoric Europe; the Aegean origins of the Neolithic European cultures

Spondylus gaederopus is a species of marine bivalve mollusc, a thorny oyster in the family Spondylidae. This species is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea. Continue reading “Long-distance Trade in Prehistoric Europe; the Aegean origins of the Neolithic European cultures”

Obsidian findings distribution may imply sociocultural boundaries during the Late Neolithic on the Great Hungarian Plain

Chipped stone tool analysis is an essential aspect of prehistoric archaeological research throughout Europe, especially in regard to reconstructing developments in technology, dietary and subsistence practices, and socio-economic systems of exchange. Continue reading “Obsidian findings distribution may imply sociocultural boundaries during the Late Neolithic on the Great Hungarian Plain”

Intentional tooth removal in Neolithic Italy

The Italian Neolithic (c. 6500-3200 B.C.; Skeates 1994), while not a homogeneous period, displays continuity in many aspects of culture. Social life was based upon small villages of 25-200 people, supported by unintensified agricultural economies. In spite of a rich record of art and burial practices, little is known about gender-related behaviour and ritual practices. Continue reading “Intentional tooth removal in Neolithic Italy”

Wine production in the Early Neolithic South Caucasus

The earliest biomolecular archaeological and archaeobotanical evidence for grape wine and viniculture from the Near East, ca. 6,000–5,800 BC during the early Neolithic Period, was obtained by applying state-of-the-art archaeological, archaeobotanical, climatic, and chemical methods to newly excavated materials from two sites in Georgia in the South Caucasus. Continue reading “Wine production in the Early Neolithic South Caucasus”

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