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ARBANNIG: Late- Mesolithic at Rijckholt (NL)(?)

ARBANNIG: Late- Mesolithic at Rijckholt (NL)(?) | mesolithic | Scoop.it
Though the Early -Neolithic has indeed a period of small bladelet production , especially at the transitional period between Mesolithic and Neolithic, normally linked at the earliest Linear Band Keramik LBK of the region, the outward appearance is...
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Did Neolithic farming fail? The case for a Bronze Age agricultural revolution in the British Isles

Did Neolithic farming fail? The case for a Bronze Age agricultural revolution in the British Isles | mesolithic | Scoop.it

This paper rewrites the early history of Britain, showing that while the cultivation of cereals arrived there in about 4000 cal BC, it did not last. Between 3300 and 1500 BC Britons became largely pastoral, reverting only with a major upsurge of agricultural activity in the Middle Bronze Age. This loss of interest in arable farming was accompanied by a decline in population, seen by the authors as having a climatic impetus. But they also point to this period as the time of construction of the great megalithic monuments, including Stonehenge. We are left wondering whether pastoralism was all that bad, and whether it was one intrusion after another that set the agenda on the island.


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PLoS ONE: Identification of Milk Component in Ancient Food Residue by Proteomics

PLoS ONE: Identification of Milk Component in Ancient Food Residue by Proteomics | mesolithic | Scoop.it

In this paper, an ancient visible food remain from Subeixi Cemeteries (cal. 500 to 300 years BC) of the Turpan Basin in Xinjiang, China, preliminarily determined containing 0.432 mg/kg cattle casein with ELISA, was analyzed by using an improved method based on liquid chromatography (LC) coupled with MALDI-TOF/TOF-MS to further identify protein origin. The specific sequence of bovine casein and the homology sequence of goat/sheep casein were identified. The existence of milk component in ancient food implies goat/sheep and cattle milking in ancient Subeixi region, the furthest eastern location of prehistoric milking in the Old World up to date. It is envisioned that this work provides a new approach for ancient residue analysis and other archaeometry field.


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