Dear TAS Members and Friends,
This is a reminder for our next lecture at Stockton Central Library*, Tuesday 27 May kicking off at 7.30pm. Don’t forget to bring your membership card. Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door, but annual membership makes much more sense. Find out how to join on our website.
May 27 | Farmer-forager relations in Mesolithic/Neolithic Europe: Beyond the anthropological comfort zone
Prof Peter Rowley-Conwy | University of Durham
After Early Neolithic farmers reached central Germany in 5500 cal BC, there was a 1,500 year pause in the spread of farming until 4000 cal BC, when farming spread into southern Scandinavia. Many items were exchanged in both directions across the farmer/forager border. This contact has, however, always been considered in the light of European colonial contacts with hunter-gatherers in the last few centuries. Peter will argue that this is inappropriate: the situation in Europe in 5000 BC was unlike any known to historical anthropology. Archaeology must deal with this without help from any other discipline. What should we be looking for in our own regional archaeology?
Spencer Carter | TAS Chair & eCommunications