Seeking the First Farmers in Western Sjælland, Denmark: The Archaeology of the Transition to Agriculture in Northern Europe [Hardback]

T. Douglas Price(Author)

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ISBN: 9781789257656 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2022 | 272p, H9.4 x W6.6, B/w and color
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Seeking the First Farmers in Western Sjælland, Denmark


This volume summarizes 30 years of fieldwork in Denmark, some of the evidence for the spread of agriculture and the Neolithic into Scandinavia and some opinions about the origins of agriculture. It is intended to be both academic and personal and to describe the actual process of research, because most projects involve elements of both. There is an introduction to each chapter that relates some of the more personal aspects of the research and the bulk of each chapter will be a more technical scientific report on our investigations. Each chapter will deal with one of the components of the project - survey, testing and excavations. We excavated eight sites from the Late Mesolithic and Early Neolithic that are discussed in this volume. The concluding chapter summarizes our research in the area and proffers opinions on a variety of archaeological subjects, with visits to climate change, seasonality and sedentism, hunter-gatherer complexity, aDNA, inequality and the origins and spread of agriculture.

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction – Setting the Table
2. Field Survey
3. Site Testing
4. Smakkerup Huse
5. Trustrup
6. Dragsholm and Bøgebjerg
7. Fårevejle
8. Asnæs Havnemark
9. Conclusions

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