Neolithic Civilizations of the Mediterranean and Europe

Olivier LEMERCIER
President

The commission aims to bring together researchers working on the first farming societies of the Mediterranean and Europe, right up to the development of Bronze Age societies. The themes covered by the commission's activities are very diverse: historiography, emergence, development, diffusion and evolution of Neolithic societies and economies, technological approaches, material culture, environmental reconstructions, social organization, settlements, funerary, ritual and symbolic practices, etc.

Geographically, the commission covers the whole of Europe and the Mediterranean, including North Africa and the Middle East, in order to better understand the diffusion phenomena which mark the period from Eastern Neolithization to Western societies of the third millennium.

Our vision of the Neolithic has changed considerably in just a few decades. New analyses and new approaches in archaeology (isotope chemistry, genetics and genomics, etc.) and new tools (statistics, 3D, drones, etc.) have led to new knowledge and new perspectives on the questions of Neolithization and the Neolithic. The commission is interested in all these new contributions, without neglecting more traditional approaches (inventories, typology, technology, etc.).

The commission aims to:

  • Create links between researchers working in different languages ​​and of different geographical and institutional origins,
  • Facilitate research, organization of projects, and of scientific events,
  • Unite researchers around common themes or activities.

It contributes to:

  • Producing and developing archaeological data,
  • Engaging with ideas, hypotheses and interpretations,
  • Disseminating archeological data and the interpretations based on those data through events and publications.

Research and publications

Activities

International colloquium Vannes 2025

International colloquium: Sea People, Land People: lifestyles and networks in Bell Beaker Europe

Vannes (Brittany, France), 18-21 May 2025

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Poster Convegno Sassari 2024

Convegno internazionale: Ipogeismo e megalitismo in Europa e nel Mediterraneo tra il V ed il III millennio a. C. La Sardegna, crocevia di popoli e di culture

Sassari (Sardinia, Italy), 3-6 October 2024

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Publications

Cover image Materials, Productions, Exchange Network and their Impact on the Societies of Neolithic Europe

Materials, Productions, Exchange Network and their Impact on the Societies of Neolithic Europe

Besse, M. & Guilaine, J. (eds) 2017. Materials, Productions, Exchange Network and their Impact on the Societies of Neolithic Europe. Proceedings of the XVII UISPP World Congress (1–7 September 2014, Burgos, Spain) Volume 13, Session A25a. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Cover image The Early Neolithic in the Iberian Peninsula

The Early Neolithic in the Iberian Peninsula / Le Néolithique ancien dans la Péninsule Ibérique

Diniz, M. (ed.) 2008. The Early Neolithic in the Iberian Peninsula: Regional and Transregional Components / Le Néolithique ancien dans la Péninsule Ibérique : les éléments regionaux et transregionaux. Proceedings of the XV UISPP World Congress (Lisbon, 4–9 September 2006) / Actes du XV Congrès mondial (Lisbonne, 4–9 septembre 2006) Volume 18, Session C44. BAR International Series 1857. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.

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Members

Romain BUSSONE
Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III (France)
Dragoș GHEORGHIU
Universitatea Națională de Arte București (Romania)
Jean GUILAINE
Collège de France (France)
Olivier LEMERCIER
Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 (France)
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Isabella MATERA
Museo e Istituto Fiorentino di Preistoria (Italy)
Maria Grazia MELIS
Università degli Studi di Sassari (Italy)
Aurélien TAFANI
University of South Florida (United States)
Selena VITEZOVIĆ
Arheološki institut, Beograd (Serbia)