Mesolithic to Neolithic transitions: New results from shell-middens in the western Algarve, Portugal

Mary C Stiner, Nuno F. Bicho, John Lindly, Reid Ferring

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New research on shell middens in the Algarve region of southern Portugal shows continuity of marine exploitation from the Mesolithic into the early Neolithic periods, where the Neolithic period is defined by the appearance of pottery in c 5500BC. The authors propose that either shellfish remained important to Neolithic people in Portugal or that Mesolithic and Neolithic subsistence strategies co-existed in this area for a relatively long time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-86
Number of pages12
Issue number295
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2003



  • Algarve
  • Early Neolithic
  • Mesolithic
  • Seafood
  • Shell middens
  • Taphonomy

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Archaeology

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