Books

Books : reviews

Alasdair Whittle.
Europe in the Neolithic: the creation of new worlds.
CUP. 1996

Dr Whittle reviews the latest archaeological evidence on Neolithic Europe from 7000 to 2500 BC. Describing important areas, sites and problems, he addresses the major themes that have engaged the attention of scholars: the transition from a forager lifestyle; the rate and dynamics of change; and the nature of Neolithic society. He challenges conventional views, arguing that Neolithic society was rooted in the values and practices of its forager predecessors right across the continent. The processes of settling down and adopting farming were piecemeal and slow. Only gradually did new attitudes emerge, to time and the past, to the sacred realms of ancestors and the dead, to nature and to the concept of community.

Unique in its broad and up-to-date coverage of long-term processes of change on a continental scale, this completely rewritten and revised version of Whittle’s Neolithic Europe: A Survey reflects radical changes in the evidence and in interpretive approaches over the past decade.

Alasdair Whittle, Freances Healy, Alex Bayliss.
Gathering Time vol 1: dating the early Neolithic enclosures of Southern Britain and Ireland.
Oxbow. 2011

Alasdair Whittle, Freances Healy, Alex Bayliss.
Gathering Time vol 2: dating the early Neolithic enclosures of Southern Britain and Ireland.
Oxbow. 2011