This article presents a summary of new evidence for the Mesolithic in the Dinaric Alps of Montenegro. The region is one of the best areas in south-eastern Europe to study Early Holocene foragers and the nature of the transition to Neolithic lifeways at the end of the seventh and the beginning of the sixth millennium cal BC thanks to the existence of biodiverse landscapes and numerous karstic features. We argue that harpoons found at two different sites in this regional context represent a curated technology that has its roots in a local Mesolithic cultural tradition. The continued use of this standardized hunting tool kit in the Neolithic provides an important indication about the character of the Mesolithic–Neolithic transition. We also use this regional case study to address wider questions concerning the visibility and modes of Mesolithic occupation in south-eastern Europe as a whole.

Spearheading into the Neolithic: last foragers and first farmers in the Dinaric Alps of Montenegro / Borić, Dušan; Borovinić, Nikola; Đuričić, Ljiljana; Bulatović, Jelena; Gerometta, Katarina; Filipović, Dragana; Allué, Ethel; Vušović-Lučić, Zvezdana; Cristiani, Emanuela. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY. - ISSN 1461-9571. - 22:4(2019), pp. 470-498. [10.1017/eaa.2019.14]

Spearheading into the Neolithic: last foragers and first farmers in the Dinaric Alps of Montenegro

Borić, Dušan
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Cristiani, Emanuela
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2019

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This article presents a summary of new evidence for the Mesolithic in the Dinaric Alps of Montenegro. The region is one of the best areas in south-eastern Europe to study Early Holocene foragers and the nature of the transition to Neolithic lifeways at the end of the seventh and the beginning of the sixth millennium cal BC thanks to the existence of biodiverse landscapes and numerous karstic features. We argue that harpoons found at two different sites in this regional context represent a curated technology that has its roots in a local Mesolithic cultural tradition. The continued use of this standardized hunting tool kit in the Neolithic provides an important indication about the character of the Mesolithic–Neolithic transition. We also use this regional case study to address wider questions concerning the visibility and modes of Mesolithic occupation in south-eastern Europe as a whole.
harpoons; Mesolithic–Neolithic transition; forager-farmer contact; Dinaric Alps; Montenegro; eastern Adriatic
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Spearheading into the Neolithic: last foragers and first farmers in the Dinaric Alps of Montenegro / Borić, Dušan; Borovinić, Nikola; Đuričić, Ljiljana; Bulatović, Jelena; Gerometta, Katarina; Filipović, Dragana; Allué, Ethel; Vušović-Lučić, Zvezdana; Cristiani, Emanuela. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY. - ISSN 1461-9571. - 22:4(2019), pp. 470-498. [10.1017/eaa.2019.14]
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