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Drawing extensively on anthropological theory and ecological models of human adaptation, Forest Farmers and Stockherders explores the single most radical transformation in all European prehistory – the growth of a food-producing economy in the period 5000-3000 BC. Dr Bogucki seeks to develop a coherent view of the introduction of food production to north-central Europe, identifying new environmental zones being exploited for the first time and new ecological adaptations being adopted by both indigenous and colonizing populations. He lays particular emphasis on the strategies developed by Neolithic communities for coping with the environmental risks and uncertainties inherent in the introduction of new economic systems and the social implications of these strategies for the organization of human behaviour.
1. Introduction: investigating the European Neolithic
2. Primeval central European habitats
3. Indigenous foraging populations
4. Primary Neolithic subsistence and settlement
5. Population, ecology, and Primary Neolithic society
6. Continuity and change, 3500-2500 BC
7. The consequences of food production
8. The social archaeology of Neolithic central Europe
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