1st Edition

Early Farmers of West Mediterranean Europe

By Patricia Phillips Copyright 1975

    Originally published in 1975, this book traces the subsistence methods of Mediterranean country dwellers from the mid-seventh millennium B. C. (in radio-carbon year) to the beginning of the Bronze Age. It illustrates the change from Mesolithic to Neolithic cultures over a wide area: (South of France, Italy, Corsica, Sardinia and Spain). The book explores the human societies that lived through this important period of change and adaptation. From their density of settlement, site locations and material culture, hypotheses can be made as to population size and structure. There are sufficient clues in the archaeological record to make possible very cogent comparisons between the hunter-gatherers of the pre-pottery era in West Mediterranean Europe and their distant descendants on the eve of the Bronze Age. How these changes came about, and their effect on Neolithic people as individuals and members of human society form the central part of the book.



    Patricia Phillips was Lecturer in Prehistory and Archaeology at the University of Sheffield.

    ‘Eric Kerridge’s delightfully written Farmers of Old England represents a refreshing change, being at the same time a scholarly and eminently readable book…There is little in Kerridge’s book which merits adverse criticism.’ R. Colyer, Agricultural History, Vol 49, No. 4.