NEOLITHIC UKRAINE: A REVIEW OF THEORETICAL AND CHRONOLOGICAL INTERPRETATIONS

Giedrė Motuzaitė Matuzevičiūtė

Abstract


This paper reviews the Neolithic period in Ukraine. First, the author analyses what the term ‘Neolithic’ actually means in Ukraine. The paper demonstrates the absence of a universal definition for Neolithic, through a review of some ‘Western school’ archaeological traditions. The term Neolithic is de-emphasised in relation to the study of early cereal cultivation in Ukraine, providing a general understanding of the concept. The paper introduces the main archaeological Neolithic cultures of Ukraine, by presenting their chronological frameworks, areas of distribution and key characteristics. Particular attention is paid to the main chronological pitfalls in the region.

Key words: Neolithic, Ukraine, archaeological cultures, ‘Western Neolithic’, ‘Eastern Neolithic’, chronology, pottery, food production.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15181/ab.v20i0.812


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