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H 245 x W 175 mm

263 pages

Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white

Published Feb 2016

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784911430

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domestic architecture; funeral architecture; walled enclosure; megalithism; quarry

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This book gives a full account of stone age seafaring presenting the archaeological evidence in the context of the changing world environment and uses ethnographic sources to broaden the readers understanding of the worlds earliest sea craft.



Introduction 1: Lower Palaeolithic seafarers – the oldest evidence of migration and sea-crossing 2: Middle Palaeolithic seafarers – the Neanderthal and the sea 3: Upper and Final Palaeolithic seafarers – the expansion of modern humans 5: Neolithic voyagers – farmers of the sea 6: Early forms of water transport Conclusion Bibliography

About the Author

Audrey Blanchard obtained her doctorate from the University of Rennes 1, and is an associate member of UMR 6566, CReAAH (LARA laboratory). A specialist in lithic and ceramic production, her research focuses mainly on coastal and island settlements and Neolithic domestic architecture ;

Serge Cassen obtained his doctorate in Anthropology, Ethnology and Prehistory in 1986 from the University of Paris-Sorbonne under the supervision of G. Bailloud, his thesis focusing on Neolithic societies of the 4th millennium BC between Loire and Gironde. Upon joining the CNRS in 1991, he devoted himself to the study of the funerary and other megalithic monuments of western France, in particular through their ancient engravings and through their social valorisation. ;

Jean-Noël Guyodo is Lecturer in Prehistory at the University of Nantes and director of the LARA laboratory (UMR6566 CReAAH). A specialist in lithic technology and stone architecture, he has directed numerous excavations on Neolithic settlement sites in western France. His research focuses more broadly on the first agro-pastoral societies on the Atlantic coast of Europe.