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The Romanian Mesolithic and the transition to farming. A case study:the Iron Gate
The Romanian Mesolithic and the transition to farming. A case study:the Iron Gate

Author(s): Dinu Alexandru, Vasile Boroneanţ
Subject(s): Archaeology
Published by: Editura Renaissance
Keywords: Mesolithic; Early Neolithic; transition; neolithisation

Summary/Abstract: The transition from foraging to agriculture in the last few decades has become a subject increasingly studied in academia. More complex research involving a large number of disciplines has made possible a substantial reevaluation of older concepts, but has also raised new questions and controversies. With the growing body of data from different regions of the world, it has become apparent that agriculture developed independently in more areas than was previously thought, and that the process of its geographic diffusion was much more complex than initially envisioned. The important role played by pre-Neolithic populations has come to be accepted by a growing number of archaeologists. The social and ideological implications associated with the adoption of agriculture have become more relevant, involving an association of causal factors with aspects other than economics. Regardless, questions such as why agriculture and how did it spread remain unanswered to a large degree.

  • Issue Year: 2005
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 41-76
  • Page Count: 35
  • Language: English