Graphical analysis of regional archaeological data

The use of site typology to explore the Dutch Neolithization process

M. Wansleeben * and L.B.M. Verhart **

Location map for the Netherlands

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Regional archaeological investigations may provide important information, supplementing excavation data. The research area of the Meuse Valley Project is archaeologically very rich. However, the wealth of surface sites sharply contrasts with the interpretational possibilities of these data. How to handle these strongly distorted regional data was methodologically the main challenge of the Meuse Valley Project. How should we adapt our data and analytical techniques, in order to obtain a meaningful insight into the course of the Neolithization process in an area at the very edge of the loess and the North-European plain. Which economic and social processes occur in that transition area, after the ever so crucial introduction of agriculture on the Central European loess area by the Bandkeramic communities?

*Milco Wansleeben
Faculty of Archaeology
Leiden University
Reuvensplaats 4
2311 BE Leiden
The Netherlands
tel. +31-(0)71-5272930
fax +31-(0)71-5272429

**Leo B.M. Verhart
National Museum of Antiquities
PoBox 11.114
2301 EC Leiden
The Netherlands


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