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Climate change and the adoption of agriculture in north-west Europe

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Robert Payton


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Farming can be shown to have spread very rapidly across the British Isles and southern Scandinavia around 6000 years ago, following a long period of stasis when the agricultural 'frontier' lay further south on the North European Plain between northern France and northern Poland. The reasons for the delay in the adoption of agriculture on the north-west fringe of Europe have been debated by archaeologists for decades. Here, we present fresh evidence that this renewed phase of agricultural expansion was triggered by a significant change in climate. This finding may also have implications for understanding the timing of the expansion of farming into some upland areas of southern and mid-latitude Europe. Copyright © 2002 Sage Publications.

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Author(s): Bonsall C, Macklin MG, Anderson DE, Payton RW

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Archaeology

Year: 2002

Volume: 5

Issue: 1

Pages: 9-23

Print publication date: 01/04/2002

ISSN (print): 1461-9571

ISSN (electronic): 1741-2722

Publisher: Sage


DOI: 10.1177/1465712002005001168


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