Western Neolithic

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General and now little‐used term applied to the early and middle Neolithic communities of western Europe, especially the Chassey, Cortaillod, Lagozza, Windmill Hill, and Almerian. Although each had different specific characteristics, they were seen as having more in common amongst themselves that with the Linearbandkeramik and Trichterbecker cultures of central and eastern parts of Europe. In particular, the presence of megalithic tombs, long barrows, and round‐based pottery, and an absence of painted decoration, was used to characterize the differences.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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