Investigating megalithic seafaring and maritime technologies
Research into the Megalithic era in terms of mobility and symbolic identity suggests that long-distance maritime travels began in Europe during that period in history (~ 4700-4200 cal BC). This corroborates the hypothesis that shipbuilding and navigation arose in Europe earlier than in the Bronze Age. The EU-funded NEOSEA project will research neolithic seafaring and maritime technologies as well as their role in forming a new interconnected world of megalithic societies. It will model the spread of megaliths in Europe and the history of megalithic seafaring with pioneering chronological precision and determine prehistoric maritime connections, networks and migrations. Moreover, it will define the associated rise of monumental stone architecture and the rise of seafaring within sea mammal-hunting societies in Brittany.
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