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The Spread of the Neolithic in the South East European Plain: Radiocarbon Chronology, Subsistence, and Environment

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Pavel Dolukhanov, Professor Anvar ShukurovORCiD, Dr Kate Henderson, Dr Graeme Sarson


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Newly available radiocarbon dates show the early signs of pottery-making in the North Caspian area, the Middle-Lower Volga,and the Lower Don at 8-7 kyr cal BC. Stable settlements, as indicated by "coeval subsamples," are recognized in the Middle-Lower Volga (Yelshanian) at 6.8 kyr cal BC and the Caspian Lowland at about 6 kyr cal BC. The ages of the Strumel-Gostyatin. Surskian, and Bug-Dniesterian sites tire in the range of 6.6-4.5 kyr BC, overlapping with early farming entities (Starcevo-Koros-Cris and Linear Pottery), whose influence is perceptible in archaeological materials. Likewise, the C-14-dated pollen data show that the spread of early pottery-making, coincided with increased precipitation throughout the forest-steppe area.

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Author(s): Dolukhanov PM, Shukurov A, Davison K, Sarson G, Gerasimenko NP, Pashkevich GA, Vybornov AA, Kovalyukh NN, Skripkin VV, Zaitseva GI, Sapelko TV

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Radiocarbon: 5th International Symposium on Radiocarbon and Archaeology

Year of Conference: 2009

Pages: 783-793

ISSN: 0033-8222

Publisher: University of Arizona, Department of Geosciences

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