No pottery at the western periphery of Europe: why was the Final Mesolithic of Britain and Ireland aceramic?

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The past decade has witnessed an intensification of research into the use of pottery by hunter-gatherers. Long viewed by Western scholars as a marginal practice among these groups, pottery production is now known to have been widespread among prehistoric hunter-gatherers, many of whom practised no other activities associated with agriculture. In emphasising the centrality of ceramics to these communities, however, we risk marginalising those who did not adopt pottery. Here, the authors critically examine a series of different models proposed for hunter-gatherer pottery innovation and adoption within the context of the aceramic communities who inhabited Britain and Ireland during the fifth millennium cal BC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1152-1167
Number of pages16
Issue number377
Early online date10 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020

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