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Why didn't Westropp's ‘Mesolithic’ catch on in 1872?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Peter Rowley-Conwy
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Department of Archaeology, University of Durham, Science Site, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, England

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A defined ‘Mesolithic’ era is a fixture in the cultural sequences of European prehistory — though not of other regions of the world. Why and how did the entity come to be invented, and to take just that form?

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