The spread of the Neolithic in the central-western Mediterranean: agriculture, technological innovations and 14C
This research project focuses on one of the main turning points of human history: the diffusion of Neolithic. Even if it is well established that the Near East was the first focus of the invention of farming, around X-IX millennium BC, the mechanisms and the paths of its spreading in the rest of the Mediterranean are yet to be unfolded. During the last decades, the origin of European Neolithic has been explained as result of a diffusion process through two main axes: a Northern one, crossing central Europe, and a Southern one along the Mediterranean coasts. The current project is aimed to analyse the process of Neolithic diffusion through the Central-Western Mediterranean through analysis of the techniques and tools associated with the crop-harvesting and processing tools. Analysis of those tools have to be supported by an extensive program of radiocarbon dating and a cross-analysis of the crop-harvesting/14C with the information proceeding from the environmental/ecological, the technological and the cereals consumed.
- Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. Programa I+D (HAR2011-23149)
- Ibáñez, J.J., Gibaja, J.F., Gassin, B., Mazzucco, N. 2017. Paths and rhythms in the spread of agriculture in the Western Mediterranean: the contribution of the analysis of harvesting Technology. In. García Puchol, O. And Salazar García, D.C. (Eds.). Times of Neolithic transition along the Western Mediterranean. Springer: 339-371.
- Mazzucco, N., Gibaja, J.F. in press. A paleoeconomic perspective on the Early Neolithic lithic assemblages of the N-NE of the Iberian Peninsula. Quaternary International.
- Mazzucco, N., Capuzzo, G., Petrinelli, C., Ibáñez, J.J., Gibaja, J.F. in press. Harvesting tools and the spread of the neolithic into the Central-Western Mediterranean área. Quaternary International.
- Ibáñez, J.J., Gibaja. J.F., Mazzucco. N. in press. Los primeros útiles agrícolas: una visión desde ambos extremos del Mediterráneo. Homenaje a Lydia Zapata.