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date: 18 January 2021

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This article discusses a case study on the persistence of hunting and gathering amongst farmers in the wetlands of north-west Europe (the Netherlands). It is argued that while the scientific narrative has always focused on the change during the period under study (c.5500–2800 BC), there is strong evidence for the continuation of traditional life across this apparent border between hunter-gatherers and farmers. The persistent elements of subsistence, site location and layout, and burial rituals are seen to be part of a world view in which risk management is a central issue.

Keywords: hunter-gatherers, farmers, north-west Europe, the Netherlands

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