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Technology of Early Settlement in Northern Europe

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This volume explores technology and communication in the early settlements of Northern Europe. The chapters discuss case studies and present overviews from the early and middle Mesolithic of Northern Europe. Special emphasis is put on the spatial and temporal transmission of knowledge and culture. The volume focuses on themes such as the transmission of specialised knowledge, the generative transmission of knowledge, the understanding of technology as somatic or incorporated culture in human society and the role of pedagogies and teaching in cultural sustainment and transformation. Other contributions discuss the relation between demography and technological developments, as well as the natural and cultural context for the transmission of culture. The understanding of the transmission of technology is closely interrelated to the nature and efficiency of social networks of contact and their social and physical framework.

The volume provides new answers to one of the fundamental issues of our time – how to understand and cope with radical changes.

Published: Apr 30, 2018

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Section Chapter Authors
List of Tables and Appendices Kjel Knutsson, Helena Knutsson, Jan Apel, Håkon Glørstad
List of Figures Kjel Knutsson, Helena Knutsson, Jan Apel, Håkon Glørstad
List of Contributors Kjel Knutsson, Helena Knutsson, Jan Apel, Håkon Glørstad
Preface Håkon Glørstad
Chapter 1
The Early Settlement of Northern Europe: Technology and Communication Jan Apel, Håkon Glørstad, Helena Knutsson, Kjel Knutsson
Chapter 2
Postglacial Pioneer Colonisation of Eastern Fennoscandia: Modeling Technological Change Mikael Manninen, Esa Hertell, Petro Pesonen, Miikka Tallavaara
Chapter 3
An Examination of Theories on Lithic Reduction Methods in Swiderian Technology Witold Grużdź
Chapter 4
Continuity and Change in Late- and Post-Glacial Social Networks: Knowledge Transmission and Blade Production Methods in Ahrensburg and Early Mesolithic Northwestern Europe Inger Berg-Hansen
Chapter 5
The Pioneer Settlement of Scandinavia and its Aftermath: New Evidence from Western and Central Scandinavia Hege Damlien, Mathilda Kjällquist, Kjel Knutsson
Chapter 6
Raw-material and Blade Technology Variability: A Case Study of Mesolithic Pressure Blade Methods in the Wolin Island Region (North-Western Poland) Michal Adamczyk
Chapter 7
Early Mesolithic Regional Mobility and Social Organization: Evidence from Lithic Blade Technology and Microlithic Production In Southern Scandinavia Mikkel Sørensen
Chapter 8
Axes in Transformation: A Bifocal View of Axe Technology in the Oslo Fjord area, Norway, c. 9200–6000 cal BC Carine Eymundsson, Guro Fossum, Anja Mansrud, Lucia Koxvold, Axel Mjaerum
Chapter 9
Transmission of Knowledge, Crafting and Cultural Traditions, Interregional Contact and Interaction, 7300 Cal BC Eva David, Mathilda Kjällquist
Chapter 10
Middle Mesolithic Blade Technology in Sweden, c. 8th Millennium BC Michel Guinard
End Matter
Index Kjel Knutsson, Helena Knutsson, Jan Apel, Håkon Glørstad


A new, solid platform for further knowledge development about this fascinating period in our common prehistory.
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