The Early Neolithic in Greece: The First Farming Communities in Europe (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Early Neolithic in Greece This 2001 book looks at Neolithic society, including perspectives on funerary rituals and figurines.
- Published: 01 November 2001
- Format: Paperback 372 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521000277 ISBN 10: 0521000270
- Sales rank: 1,467,511
Full description for The Early Neolithic in Greece
Farmers made a sudden and dramatic appearance in Greece around 7000 BC, bringing with them new ceramics and crafts, and establishing settled villages. They were Europe's first farmers, and their settlements provide the link between the first agricultural communities in the Near East and the subsequent spread of the new technologies to the Balkans and on to Western Europe. In this 2001 book, Catherine Perles argues that the stimulus for the spread of agriculture to Europe was a colonisation movement involving small groups of maritime peoples. Drawing evidence from a wide range of archaeological sources, including often neglected 'small finds', and introducing daring new perspectives on funerary rituals and the distribution of figurines, she constructs a complex and subtle picture of early Neolithic societies, overturning the traditional view that these societies were simple and self-sufficient.