This book presents a new perspective on the social milieu of the Early and Middle Neolithic in Central Europe as viewed through relations between humans and animals, food acquisition and consumption, as well as refuse disposal practices. Based on animal bone assemblages from a wide range of sites from a period of over 2,000 years originating in both the North European Plain lowlands and the loess uplands, the evidence explored in the book represents the Linear Band Pottery Culture (LBK), the Lengyel Culture, and the Funnel Beaker Culture (TRB) allowing us to follow the dynamic development of early farmers from their emergence in the area north of the Carpathians up to their consolidation and stabilization in this new territory.
"[This is] a bold and refreshing attempt by Arkadiusz Marciniak to re-energize and broaden studies of animals in the early and middle Neolithic of central Europe. I see much still to do as we try to come to grips with all aspects of keeping, managing, eating and thinking animals in the early to middle Neolithic, but this book is a significant contribution to that process." -Alasdair Whittle, Cardiff School of History and Archaeology