The evolution of Neolithic farming from SW Asian origins to NW European limits

  • Colledge S
  • Conolly J
  • Shennan S
  • 62

    Readers

    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 52

    Citations

    Citations of this article.

Abstract

Abstract The spread of agriculture is here examined from the perspective of changes in the composition of archaeobotantical assemblages. We apply multivariate analysis to a large database of plant assemblages from early Neolithic sites across South-West Asia and Europe and show that there are coherent and meaningful changes in their composition over time, to a large extent driven by a reduction in crop-taxa diversity. We interpret these changes as being partly caused by environmental factors, and partly caused by cultural reasons linked to the relatively rapid expansion of Linearbandkeramik (LBK) groups that inhibited diversification of crops until later in the Neolithic.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Domestic plants
  • Early farming
  • LBK (Linearbandkeramik)
  • Neolithic
  • Origins of agriculture

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document

Authors

  • Sue Colledge

  • James Conolly

  • Stephen Shennan

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free