Documenta Praehistorica XXXVI. 16th Neolithic Studies
Edited by Mihael Budja
Publisher: Univerza v Ljubljani, Filozofska faculteta
Description: Hardback, 348 p., b/w ill., 30,2x21 cm
The 16th Neolithic Studies anthology comprises seventeen selected papers presented at the fifteenth Neolithic Seminar Climate Anomalies, Population and Culture Dynamics in Prehistory that took place at the Department of Archaeology, University of Ljubljana in November 2008. We also present complementary studies focused on: (i) Palaeolithic ‘art’ objects in Slovenia, which were described as ‘art’ by their excavators, who undertook no further examination or authentication; (ii) the 14C gradient of Early Neolithic pottery dispersal and the gradients of Y-chromosome subhaplogroups J2b and E3b1 distribution that were hypothesized to mark the Early Neolithic demic event in Southeastern Europe; (iii) the diverse iconographic landscapes of the southern Balkans, especially those populated by human figurines; (iv) the comparative study of wild boar and domestic pig skulls, which suggests that a change in feeding habits as a result of domestication may have been a factor which influenced the action of the masticatory and neck muscles in reshaping the cranial region; (v) the study of the formation of layers of burnt herbivore dung in Neolithic, Eneolithic and Bronze Age Mediterranean caves that suggests that instead of seeing dung as a culturally neutral refuse which has to be disposed of, we might see its burning and deposition as the cultural manipulation of a potent substance.
Eleni Asouti, ‘The relationship between Early Holocene climate change and Neolithic settlement in Central Anatolia, Turkey: Current issues and prospects for future research’ [1-5].
Bernhard Weninger, Lee Clare, Eelco J. Rohling, Ofer Bar-Yosef, Utz Böhner, Mihael Budja, Manfred Bundschuh, Angelica Feurdean, Hans-Georg Gebel, Olaf Jöris, Jörg Linstädter, Paul Mayew-ski, Tobias Mühlenbruch, Agathe Reingruber, Gary Rollefson, Daniel Schyle, Laurens Thissen, Henrieta Todorova & Christoph Zielhofer, ‘The Impact of Rapid Climate Change on prehistoric societies during the Holocene in the Eastern Mediterranean’ [7-59].
Francesco Menotti, ‘Climate variations in the Circum-Alpine region and their influence on Neolithic-Bronze Age lacustrine communities: displacement and/or cultural adaptation’ [61-65].
Javier Fernandez Lόpez de Pablo & Magdalena Gόmez Puche, ‘Climate change and population dynamics during the Late Mesolithic and the Neolithic transition in Iberia’ [67-95].
Detlef Gronenborn, ‘Climate fluctuations and trajectories to complexity in the Neolithic: Towards a theory’ [97-109].
Siiri Rootsi, ‘Implications of the role of Southeastern Europe in the origins and diffusion of major Eurasian paternal lineages’ [111-115].
Mihael Budja, ‘Early Neolithic pottery dispersals and demic diffusion in Southeastern Europe’ [117-137].
Patrik Galeta & Jaroslav Bruzek, ‘Demographic model of the Neolithic transition in Central Europe’ [139-149].
Ebbe H. Nielsen, ‘The Mesolithic background for the Neolithisation process’ [151-157].
Nadezhda Kotova, ‘The Neolithization of Northern Black Sea area in the context of climate changes’ [159-173].
Krisztián Oross & Eszter Bánffy, ‘Three successive waves of Neolithisation: LBK development in Transdanubia’ [175-189].
Emanuela Cristiani, Annaluisa Pedrotti & Stefano Gialanella, ‘Tradition and innovation between the Mesolithic and Early Neolithic in the Adige Valley (Northeast Italy). New data from a functional and residues analyses of trapezes from Gaban rockshelter’ [191-205].
Alexandru Dinu, ‘The action of the masticatory muscles and cranial changes in pigs as results of domestication’ [207-217].
Dimitrij Mlekuź, ‘The materiality of dung: the manipulation of dung in Neolithic Mediterranean caves’ [219-225].
Rastko Cvekić, ‘Some thoughts on social versus cultural complexity’ [227-245].
Dušan Borić, Jelena Raičević & Sofija Stefanović, ‘Mesolithic cremations as elements of secondary mortuary rites at Vlasac (Serbia)’ [247-281].
Stratos Nanoglou, ‘Representing people, constituting worlds: Multiple “Neolithics” in the Southern Balkans’ [283-297].
Simona Petru, ‘Palaeolithic art in Slovenia’ [299-303].
Georgia Kourtessi-Philippakis, ‘Lithics in the Neolithic of Northern Greece: Territorial perspectives from an off-obsidian area’ [305-311].
Martin Kuča, Antonin Přichystal, Zdeněk Schenk, Petr Škrdla & Milan Vokáč, ‘Lithic raw material procurement in the Moravian Neolithic: the search for extra-regional networks’ [313-325].
Phil Mason & Maja Andrić, ‘Neolithic / Eneolithic settlement patterns and Holocene environ-mental changes in Bela Krajina (south-eastern Slovenia)’ [327-335].
Marcel Burić & Tihomila Težak-Gregl, ‘Geo-pedological and climatic impact on the distribution and organization of Neolithic settlements in Eastern Croatia (Western Syrmia)’ [337-345].