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By George Nash,Andrew Townsend

What constitutes an island and the archaeology contained inside of? Is it the physicality of its boundary (between coastline and sea)? Does this actual barrier expand extra right into a watery sector? Archaeologically, can islands be outlined through cultural history and impression? sincerely, and according to those few probing questions, islands are greater than simply lumps of rock and earth sitting in the midst of a sea or ocean. An island is an area which, while defined by way of topography, panorama shape and assets, turns into a spot. a spot can occasionally be delineated with obstacles and bounds; it could actually actually have a perimeter and will be distinct from the gap that surrounds it. The sixteen papers offered the following discover the physicality, and degrees of insularity of person islands and island teams in the course of prehistory via a sequence of case stories on Neolithic island archaeology within the Atlantic and Mediterranean areas. For the jap Atlantic (the Atlantic Archipelago) papers speak about the sacred geographies and fabric tradition of Neolithic Gotland, Orkney, and Anglesey and the structure of and formality habit linked to megalithic monuments within the Channel Islands and the Scilly Isles.
The Mediterranean sector is represented through a special kind of Neolithic, either when it comes to structure and fabric tradition. Papers speak about theoretical constructs and formality deposition, cave websites, ritualized and spiritual points of Neolithic demise and burial; metaphysical trips linked to the underworld in overdue Neolithic Malta and the prospective position of its Temple interval paintings in ritual actions; and palaeoenvironmental proof from the Neolithic monuments of Corsica.
The circumstances tested illustrate the variety of the facts to be had that provides a greater figuring out of the European-Mediterranean Neolithic 'island society', now not least the results of interaction/contact and/or geographical insularity/isolation, all elements which are thought of to have results for the institution and amendment of cultures in island settings.

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