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Introduction: shell middens in Atlantic Europe (Nicky Milner, Oliver E Craig & Geoffrey N Bailey)
Mesolithic coastal settlements and shell middens in Norway (Hein B Bjerck)
Shell middens ("Kokkenmoddinger") in Danish Prehistory as a reflection of the marine environment (Soren H Andersen)
Fishing for storage: Mesolithic short term fishing for long term consumption (Eva Schaller Ahrberg)
Coastal fishing in Stone Age Denmark - evidence from below and above the present sea level and from the bones of human beings (Anders Fischer)
Land snails and shell middens: A new approach in Danish archaeological research (Nina Nielsen)
Residue analysis of ceramics from prehistoric shell middens in Denmark: Initial investigations at Norsminde and Bjornsholm (Carl Heron, Oliver E Craig, Marcus Forster, Ben Stern & Soren H Andersen)
Middens in Scottish prehistory: time, space and relativity (Caroline Wickham-Jones)
A Late Mesolithic - Early Neolithic midden at West Voe, Shetland (Nigel D Melton & Rebecca A Nicholson)
Deconstructing the myths of Irish shell middens (Nicky Milner & Peter Woodman)
Determining the season of collection of inter-tidal gastropods from analyses of shell carbonates: Modern analogue data and 'internal analysis' of data from archaeological shells (Marcello A Mannino & Kenneth D Thomas)
Prehistoric shell middens along the French Atlantic facade: the use of marine and terrestrial resources in the diets of coastal human populations (Catherine Dupont, Rick Schulting & Anne Tresset)
The use of marine resources by the Mesolithic and Early Neolithic societies of Cantabrian Spain: The current evidence (Miguel A Fano)
Pico Ramos cave shell midden: Mesolithic-Neolithic transition by the Bay of Biscay (Lydia Zapata, Nicky Milner & Eufrasia Rosello)
The Muge Mesolithic complex: New results from the excavations of Cabeco da Amoreira 2001-2003 (Jose Manuel Rolao & Mirjana Roksandic)
The influence of environmental change on Mesolithic settlement-subsistence and shell midden formation along the Lower Tagus River, Portugal (Tim van der Schriek, David G Passmore, Anthony C Stevenson & Jose Manuel Rolao)
Twenty years of Ethnoarchaeological research in Tierra del Fuego: Some thoughts for European Shell-Midden Archaeology (Jordi Estevez, Assumpcio Vila & the DEVARA Group)
Discussion: Middens of the Sea Peoples (Atholl Anderson)

About the Author

Nicky Milner is a Professor at the University of York, specialising in the Mesolithic period. She has co-directed excavations at Star Carr since 2004.


By investigating various archaeological aspects that make or not a shell midden in prehistoric Atlantic Europe, this volume provides a valuable synthesis but also goes beyond the topic of middens, shells and Mesolithic.' -- Anthropozoologica Anthropozoologica

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