Online Panel
The Aegean and Mediterranean during the Neolithic Period in Light of New Findings and Approaches

Prof. Dr. Burçin Erdoğu
Prof. Dr. Özlem Çevik
Doç. Dr. Çiğdem Atakuman

How the transition to the Neolithic (c. 7000/6800 BC) lifestyle, in other words how the shift towards a “dwelling”-oriented settlement system and a food-production economy practicing agriculture and animal husbandry, occurred in the Aegean still remains an important subject of debate. The common or prevailing view focusing solely on the distributions of Neolithic material culture is that the migrations from Anatolia and the Levant, the homeland of agriculture, introduced the Neolithic lifestyle in the Aegean region. However, recent research has shown that the role of pre-Neolithic local communities (9th and 8th millennium BC) in the transition to the Neolithic lifestyle in the region cannot be disregarded.

The new archaeological data and ancient DNA studies that will be presented at this conference will demonstrate that the process of adopting the Neolithic life style in the Aegean and the Mediterranean is much more complex than previously thought, we are far from explaining the issue, and that the prevailing views fail to reflect the facts.



December 15, 2021 – 19:00


December 15, 2021 – 21:00