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date: 18 January 2021

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This paper considers the continuity of hunting and gathering practices at a time when people were involved in agricultural production (the Neolithic). The paper focuses primarily on the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition, the period when people first adopted farming, pottery, and monumental construction in Britain and Ireland. However, instead of this being a straightforward transition from hunting and gathering to farming, a much more complex process or series of processes occurred. There appear to be elements of both continuity and change from the Mesolithic to the Neolithic. The paper summarizes the range of different approaches to the transition periods, and suggests that the practice of hunting and gathering continued in some form into the Neolithic and beyond.

Keywords: Mesolithic, Neolithic, transition, continuity, practice

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