The first farmers in Cantabrian Spain: Contribution of numerical chronology to understand an historical process

  1. Fano, M.T. 3
  2. Cubas, M. 1
  3. Wood, R. 2
  1. 1 Instituto Internacional de Investigaciones Prehistoricas de Cantabria-Sociedad de Ciencias Aranzadi, Zorroagagaina 11, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain
  2. 2 Australian National University

    Australian National University

    Canberra, Australia


  3. 3 Universidad de La Rioja

    Universidad de La Rioja

    Logroño, España


Quaternary International

ISSN: 1040-6182

Année de publication: 2015

Volumen: 364

Número: 7

Pages: 153-161

Type: Article

DOI: 10.1016/J.QUAINT.2014.09.026 SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-84926164114 WoS: WOS:000352113000015 GOOGLE SCHOLAR

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The aim of this paper is to review the current state of research for the Early Neolithic (c.5000-c.4300 cal BC) in Cantabrian Spain. Bayesian chronological models have been constructed to examine the neolithisation process and assess the role radiocarbon dates may play in understanding this period. The models suggest that the disappearance of hunter-gatherer societies took place after the first Neolithic groups were active in the region. These results agree with the archaeological record for the Early Neolithic and are compatible with a "mosaic" neolithisation process in which local Mesolithic groups clearly participated.