The twelve papers in this edited volume originated from the Neolithic Studies Group seminar held at the British Museum on 10th November 2003 on the subject of Animals in the Neolithic. This book includes most of the papers delivered and debated at the meeting and others contributed later. The aim of the book is to cover the range of current approaches to animals in the Neolithic, and to encompass as wide a geographical scope as possible in Europe. In particular, it is attempted to ensure that both wild and domestic animals are discussed and that their social as well as economic roles are given appropriate attention. Umberto Albarella, a discussant at the meeting in 2003, has rounded off the volume with a commentary and discussion on the papers which puts them into the perspective of changing views of animals in the Neolithic of Europe.
William Cunnington and his butcher (David Field) Neolithic wild animals in Western Europe: the question of hunting (K V Boyle) The bear, the wolf, the otter and the weasel: carnivorous mammals in the Dutch Neolithic (J T Zeiler) Dogs and wolves in the Neolithic of Britain (Kate M Clark) Sheep in the garden: the integration of crop and livestock husbandry in early farming regimes of Greece and southern Europe (Paul Halstead) The use of spent grain as cattle feed in the Neolithic (Merryn Dineley) Neolithic shepherds and their herds in the northern Adriatic Basin (Preston Miracle) Ploughing with cows: Knossos and the 'secondary products revolution' (Valasia Isaakidou) Food or feast at Neolithic Runnymede (Dale Serjeantson) A community of beings: animals and people in the Neolithic of southern Britain (Joshua Pollard) Taming the wild: a Final Neolithic/Earlier Bronze Age aurochs deposit from west London (Jonathan Cotton, Nicholas Elsden, Alan Pipe and Louise Rayner) Animals in the Neolithic: a research agenda? No thanks (Umberto Albarella)