Moving on in Neolithic Studies: Understanding Mobile Lives [Paperback]

Jim Leary (Editor); Thomas Kador (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781785701764 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: Neolithic Studies Group Seminar Papers | Volume: 14 | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 256p, H240 x W170 (mm)

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Moving on in Neolithic Studies


Mobility is a fundamental facet of being human and should be central to archaeology. Yet mobility itself and the role it plays in the production of social life, is rarely considered as a subject in its own right. This is particularly so with discussions of the Neolithic people where mobility is often framed as being somewhere between a sedentary existence and nomadic movements. This latest collection of papers from the Neolithic Studies Group seminars examines the importance and complexities of movement and mobility, whether on land or water, in the Neolithic period. It uses movement in its widest sense, ranging from everyday mobilities – the routines and rhythms of daily life – to proscribed mobility, such as movement in and around monuments, and occasional and large-scale movements and migrations around the continent and across seas. Papers are roughly grouped and focus on ‘mobility and the landscape’, ‘monuments and mobility’, ‘travelling by water’, and ‘materials and mobility’. Through these themes the volume considers the movement of people, ideas, animals, objects, and information, and uses a wide range of archaeological evidence from isotope analysis; artefact studies; lithic scatters and assemblage diversity.

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements
List of Contributors
  1. Movement and mobility in the Neolithic
 Jim Leary and Thomas Kador
2 Varied mobility in the Neolithic: The Linearbandkeramik on the move
 Penny Bickle
3 Resourcing Stonehenge: patterns of human, animal and goods mobility in the late Neolithic
 Benjamin Chan, Sarah Viner, Mike Parker Pearson, Umberto Albarella and Rob Ixer
4 Movement and thresholds: Architecture and landscape at the Carrowkeel-Keshcorran passage tomb complex, Co. Sligo, Ireland
 Sam Moore
5 Monuments to mobility? – investigating cursus patterning in southern Britain
 Roy Loveday
6 Routeways of the Neolithic
 Fiona Haughey
7 Coastal Connections: Coastal mobility in the Neolithic
 Alice Rogers
8 Should I stay or should I go? Movement and Mobility in the Hebridean Neolithic
 Angela Gannon
9 Scattered in time and space: Ploughzone lithics and mobility in the Neolithic
 Jonathan Last
  1. The social construction of place, mobility and stone in Neolithic South-West Britain: A case study from Mendip
 Clive Jonathon Bond

Reviews & Quotes

"Overall, this is a useful assemblage of papers… It is encouraging to see engagement with different scales and kinds of evidence."
Joshua Pollard
Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society (13/03/2018)

"This is a must-have book and will be essential reading for those interested in physical and ideological movement within Neolithic Europe – something that many scholars have in the past tended to ignore."
George Nash
Current Archaeology (03/11/2016)

"Whatever your taste, the well produced volume is worth having for the more regionally based review articles."
Rob Ixer
British Archaeology

"The book is the implicit invitation to all historians interested in the movement of people, objects and ideas to change their point of view and embrace this new, interesting and challenging analytical tool."
Simone Fari
The Journal of Transport History

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