Posted on 6 June 2017
The Neolithic of Europe comprises eighteen specially commissioned papers on prehistoric archaeology, written by leading international scholars. The book focusses on the Neolithic to the Iron Age periods, ranging geographically from south-east Europe to Britain and Ireland. Several papers discuss new scientific approaches to key questions in Neolithic research, while others offer interpretive accounts of aspects of the archaeological record.
Thematically, the main foci are on Neolithisation; the archaeology of Neolithic daily life, settlements and subsistence; as well as monuments and aspects of worldview. A number of contributions highlight the recent impact of techniques such as isotopic analysis and statistically modelled radiocarbon dates on our understanding of mobility, diet, lifestyles, events and historical processes.
The book celebrates the enormous impact that Alasdair Whittle has had on the study of prehistory, especially the European and British Neolithic, and his rich career in archaeology. During its preparation the volume was kept secret from Alasdair and was presented to him at a special event at Cardiff University on Friday 2nd June in honour of his retirement later this year.
Information about The Neolithic of Europe is available at Oxbow Books: http://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/the-neolithic-of-europe.html