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The Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in the Paris Basin: a review

Pierre Allard

in Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264140
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734489 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0011

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy 144

The Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in the Paris Basin: a review

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The last thirty years have seen increasing numbers of excavations of early Neolithic settlements in the main Paris Basin river valleys. These early Neolithic sites can be seen as part of the Danubian period, and specifically belong to the Rubané and Villeneuve–Saint-Germain–Blicquy cultures. The Paris Basin is also an area with many excavated Mesolithic sites. This chapter presents a review of research into neolithization processes on the westernmost edge of Danubian expansion. The study is mainly based on lithic finds, because recent work has greatly improved our knowledge not only of Early Neolithic, but also of Mesolithic, flint industries in the Paris basin.

Keywords: Neolithic settlements; Rubané culture; Mesolothic sites; neolithization; Danubian expansion

Chapter.  4260 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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