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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 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 are in the range of 6.6-4.5 kyr BC, overlapping with early farming entities (Starčevo-Körös- Criş and Linear Pottery), whose influence is perceptible in archaeological materials. Likewise, the 14C-dated pollen data show that the spread of early pottery-making coincided with increased precipitation throughout the forest-steppe area. © 2009 by the Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of the University of Arizona.

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Author(s): Dolukhanov P, Shukurov A, Davison K, Sarson G, Gerasimenko N, Pashkevich G, Vybornov A, Kovalyukh N, Skripkin V, Zaitseva G, Sapelko T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Radiocarbon

Year: 2009

Volume: 51

Issue: 2

Pages: 783-793

Print publication date: 01/01/2009

ISSN (print): 0033-8222

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Publisher: University of Arizona