The Maritime Neolithic: An Evaluation of Marine Adaptation in Eastern Mediterranean Prehistory

Mediterranean Resilience - Collapse and Adaptation in Antique Maritime Societies - Assaf Yasur-Landau

Chelsea Wiseman [+-]
Flinders University and the University of Haifa
Chelsea Wiseman received her B.A. and honors from Flinders University, Australia and now conducts her Ph.D, research jointly at Flinders University and the University of Haifa. Aiming at understanding key questions in hominin maritime dispersal, her research compares site formations processes of coastal and submerged settlements in the Levant with those found in Northwestern Australia. She conducted underwater fieldwork in the Dampier Archipelago, as well as in the coast of the Carmel.

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In Eastern Mediterranean prehistory, the earliest exploitation of marine resources dates to the Paleolithic, while the emergence of distinct maritime adaptation and intensified use of marine resources corresponds with the development of sedentary lifeways and agricultural economies in the Neolithic. However, the extent of maritime adaptation and its role throughout the Neolithic requires further investigation. This paper presents a synthesis of archaeological site information to analyze variation in prehistoric marine adaptation from across the Eastern Mediterranean, including the Southern Levant, Northern Levant, Cyprus, and Anatolia. This allows us to conceptualize the ‘Maritime Neolithic’ on a regional scale. Through analysis of the material cultural indicators of maritime adaptation identified in prehistoric contexts, it is possible to move towards the characterization of the use of marine resources and to evaluate the potential for maritime interactions in the Mediterranean Neolithic.

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Wiseman, Chelsea. The Maritime Neolithic: An Evaluation of Marine Adaptation in Eastern Mediterranean Prehistory. Mediterranean Resilience - Collapse and Adaptation in Antique Maritime Societies. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Mar 2022. ISBN 9780000000000. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=41499. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41499. Mar 2022

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