Talk by Henny Piezonka
- Date: Dec 8, 2016
- Time: 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
- Speaker: Henny Piezonka
- University of Kiel
- Location: MPI SHH Jena
- Room: Villa V14
- Host: Department of Archaeogenetics
- Contact: email@example.com
In Eurasian archaeology, two fundamentally different understandings as to what is meant by the term „Neolithic” prevail. Western European researchers regard the initial transition to a producing economy as the onset of the Neolithic, which frequently would be accompanied by further cultural traits such as sedentism, social differentiation and new craft techniques including pottery. In parts of Eastern Europe and in Russia, on the other hand, the single feature demarcating the beginning of the Neolithic is seen in the appearance of ceramic vessels.
In the talk various “Neolithic” cultural traits including early pottery, animal husbandry and agriculture, and changes in settlement permanency are explored in their chronological and spatial distributions in various case studies across Northern Eurasia, starting with the world’s earliest ceramics in Late Glacial East Asia and concluding with contemporary fisher-herders in the Siberian taiga. The evidence endorses the growing understanding that the concept of an interconnection of the histories of pottery, food production, and sedentism as a fixed bundle of innovations does not apply in large parts of the continent.