Where are we going? Movement and Mobility in Mesolithic Research

Thomas Kador

UCD School of Archaeology, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.

Cite this as: T. Kador 2007 'Where are we going? Movement and Mobility in Mesolithic Research', Internet Archaeology 22.


In this article I will discuss some of the most dominant approaches to early prehistoric, and in particular mesolithic movement and mobility. After outlining the significance of mobility studies to mesolithic research I shall briefly review the most commonly employed models of mobility, including some of their greatest problems and shortcomings. As a way forward I will then offer an alternative approach, based on an integrated study of lithic artefacts within a landscape perspective. To test and illustrate this approach I will present three brief case studies from different parts of Ireland.

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