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

  • Pavel M Dolukhanov (a1), Anvar Shukurov (a2), Kate Davison (a2), Graeme Sarson (a2), Natalia P Gerasimenko (a3), Galina A Pashkevich (a4), Aleksandr A Vybornov (a5), Nikolai N Kovalyukh (a6), V V Skripkin (a6), Ganna I Zaitseva (a7) and Tatiana V Sapelko (a8)...

Abstract

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.

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