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Approaches to Interpreting Mesolithic Mobility and Settlement in Britain and Ireland

Preston, PR; Kador, T; (2018) Approaches to Interpreting Mesolithic Mobility and Settlement in Britain and Ireland. Journal of World Prehistory pp. 1-25. 10.1007/s10963-018-9118-y. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

The Mesolithic communities of northwest Europe have generally been considered inherently mobile, and all the material evidence associated with them has been interpreted accordingly. This has resulted in entrenched,theoretically polemical and largely hypothetical mobility models, focusing on seasonal rounds and extraction activities. However, recent reanalyses of the ethnographic sources, and discoveries of both substantial and ephemeral Mesolithic structures, as well as new data from recent innovative lithic and scientific analyses (including DNA, isotope research on human remains, and geochemical analyses of lithic artefacts), have forced us to rethink the rather static models of Mesolithic mobility strategies.This paper, examining Mesolithic hunter-gatherer mobility and settlement models from Britain and Ireland, is part of that reassessment. In particular, it assesses the impact of the multiple lines of consilience on our understanding of Mesolithic habitation of landscapes. These include the archaeological evidence and the efficacy of recent theoretical and methodological approaches that have been employed to interpret it.

Type: Article
Title: Approaches to Interpreting Mesolithic Mobility and Settlement in Britain and Ireland
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10963-018-9118-y
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1007/s10963-018-9118-y
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2018 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: Mesolithic, Mobility, Settlement, Lithics, Ethnography, Models, aDNA, Isotope analysis
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Arts and Sciences (BASc)
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10051192
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