The Origins of Agriculture in Europe takes a look at current ideas in the light of a considerable mass of literature and archaeological evidence; examining the transition to agriculture through the comparison of social and economic developments across Europe.
In this volume, I.J.Thorpe manages to evaluate various alternative explanations in detailed examples, whilst also succeeding in addressing the broader theoretical questions which form the nucleus of contemporary debates. This clearly written and accessible text is an extremely valuable resource for students of European prehistory.
'Clearly written, and using comparative data from Scandinavia, Britain and Ireland, this is a thorough and expert assessment of a complex and important topic.' - New Scientist
"The origins of agricuture in Europe is a provocative yet stimulating book which should find a place on the reading lists of undergraduates and on the shelves of academics." - The Holocene
"As an introduction to the Neolithisation of Europe, it will be an invaluable addition to the reading of many present and future students of archaeology and ancient history. But it is much more than a beginner's guide to the spread of early farming across the continent: it is a pioneering study in its own right." - 3rd Stone