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Hunters, Fishers & Foragers in Wales Towards a Social Narrative of Mesolithic Lifeways

By: Malcolm Lillie(Author)
345 pages, colour and b/w photos and illustrations
Publisher: Oxbow Books
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  • Hunters, Fishers & Foragers in Wales ISBN: 9781782979746 Paperback Oct 2015 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1-2 months
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Malcolm Lillie presents a major new holistic appraisal of the evidence for the Mesolithic occupation of Wales. The story begins with a discourse on the Palaeolithic background. In order to set the entire Mesolithic period into its context, subsequent chapters follow a sequence from the palaeoenvironmental background, through a consideration of the use of stone tools, settlement patterning and evidence for subsistence strategies and the range of available resources. Less obvious aspects of hunter-forager and subsequent hunter-fisher-forager groups include the arenas of symbolism, ritual and spirituality that would have been embedded in everyday life. The author here endeavours to integrate an evaluation of these aspects of Mesolithic society in developing a social narrative of Mesolithic lifeways throughout the text in an effort to bring the past to life in a meaningful and considered way.

The term 'hunter-fisher-foragers' implies a particular combination of subsistence activities, but whilst some groups may well have integrated this range of economic activities into their subsistence strategies, others may not have. The situation in coastal areas of Wales, in relation to subsistence, settlement and even spiritual matters would not necessarily be the same as in upland areas, even when the same groups moved between these zones in the landscape.

Hunters, Fishers and Foragers in Wales concludes with a discussion of the theoretical basis for the shift away from the exploitation of wild resources towards the integration of domesticates into subsistence strategies, i.e. the shift from food procurement to food production, and assesses the context of the changes that occurred as human groups re-orientated their socio-economic, political and ritual beliefs in light of newly available resources, influences from the continent, and ultimately their social condition at the time of 'transition'.


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1. Setting the Scene: the Palaeolithic and the Late-glacial of Britain, adaptation and subsistence in a changing environment
2. The view from the hills: sea-level rise, postglacial climate change, landscape change and changing environments
3. Tools of the trade: post-glacial toolkits, their use and their significance
4. Coming home to a real fire: landscape utilisation and settlement patterning
5. Food for Thought: subsistence strategies and economic activity
6. The living and the dead: ritual aspects of life in the Mesolithic
7. The end is in sight: the adoption of new resources and the shift from hunting and gathering towards the integration and exploitation of domesticated plants and animals in subsistence strategies
8. Epilogue


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By: Malcolm Lillie(Author)
345 pages, colour and b/w photos and illustrations
Publisher: Oxbow Books
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