Vast Trade Networks in ‘Prehistoric’ Europe & the Mediterranean – Implications of the findings from Iberia

The identification of archaeological amber has been used in Iberian prehistory to evidence long-distance exchanges and engage Iberia in networks that connect western Europe with central and northern Europe. However, assuming a Baltic origin for these ambers is not usually supported by analytical data and numerous deposits are found in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary and Romania. Continue reading “Vast Trade Networks in ‘Prehistoric’ Europe & the Mediterranean – Implications of the findings from Iberia”

The Neolithic of Southern China – Lingman-Fujian region

Contrary to the development of intensive agriculture in the middle and lower Yangtze basins, subsistence strategies in Lingnan-Fujian and southwest China after the early Neolithic continued with a heavy emphasis on fishing and hunting. The first direct evidence for farming appeared only in the late phase of the late Neolithic, after 3500 B. C., apparently as a result of farming dispersal from the Yangtze basin. As with the Yangtze basin, we also divide the Neolithic cultures of the Lingnan-Fujian region and southwest China into four phases. Continue reading “The Neolithic of Southern China – Lingman-Fujian region”

The Neolithic of Southern China – Middle and Lower Yangtze River basin

Sandwiched between the Yellow River and Mainland Southeast Asia, southern China lies centrally within eastern Asia. This geographical area can be divided into three geomorphological terrains: the middle and lower Yangtze alluvial plain, the Lingnan (southern Nanling Mountains)-Fujian region, and the Yungui Plateau. During the past 30 years, abundant archaeological discoveries have stimulated a rethinking of the role of southern China in the prehistory of China and Southeast Asia. Continue reading “The Neolithic of Southern China – Middle and Lower Yangtze River basin”

Evidence suggests that the Neolithic expansion took place from the East to Western Mediterranean Europe through pioneer maritime colonization

In this post we present selected parts of the very interesting paper titled “Radiocarbon evidence for maritime pioneer colonization at the origins of farming in west Mediterranean Europe“, by João Zilhão. Continue reading “Evidence suggests that the Neolithic expansion took place from the East to Western Mediterranean Europe through pioneer maritime colonization”

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