Abstract and Keywords
This chapter presents an overview of the rich content of the volume, exploring diverse and complimentary approaches to studying the varied evidence for life in the European Neolithic. It highlights the importance of working across different scales of time and space—for instance, studying change throughout the Neolithic, not just at the outset—and combining techniques and approaches that have emerged from different disciplinary histories. It stresses the importance of interplay between large-scale models and local, contextual analyses, and of maintaining critical and yet open attitudes towards concepts conventionally used to explain patterns in the evidence. Diversity in all aspects of European Neolithic ways of life at even the local scale is identified as a key issue for ongoing research alongside the development of fresh explanations for the maintenance of traditions over centuries and shared practices at the large scale.
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