- Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Paul Mickey Science Series Presented by Lynn Fisher.
This presentation reports on current results of a long-term German-American archaeological project investigating early farming settlements in southern Germany. The Neolithic, ca. 5400 - 2500 B.C., represents the earliest farming economies in this region. In southern Germany, this was a period of great social and economic change, characterized by movement of people, ideas, and farming practices. The archaeological data available for studying this dynamic period, however, is characterized by many gaps and empty areas. Our project combines plowzone survey, work with private collections, remote sensing, and test excavation to assess areas of Neolithic site concentrations and the gaps between them. We combine data from more than 20 years of field work in this area to address questions about settlement continuity and change in Neolithic settlement and activities. Highlights include Early and Middle Neolithic settlements and a large quarry landscape on the Swabian Alb, long thought to be devoid of early farming activities.