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The temporality of transformation: dating the early development of the southern British Neolithic

Alasdair Whittle

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/9780197264140.003.0020

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy 144

The temporality of transformation: dating the early development of the southern British Neolithic

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This chapter has three aims: first, to draw attention to now-routine methods of refining radiocarbon chronologies; second, to sketch some of the first results from the application of such methods to early (but not yet really the earliest) parts of the southern British Neolithic sequence; and third, to discuss on a provisional basis the implications of a more refined sequence for our understanding of the Mesolithic–Neolithic transition and the very early development of the southern British Neolithic. In so doing, the distinctions between chronology, history, and temporality become harder to sustain.

Keywords: radiocarbon chronology; British Neolithic sequence; Mesolithic–Neolithic transition

Chapter.  9825 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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