The Neolithic period of the central Mediterranean (6100BC - 3500BC) is characterised by the first occupation of offshore islands. In this essay the author explores the idea that the Central Mediterranean Neolithic was a period with increased maritime activity as a result of more marine inclined cultures. The subject is tackled by exploring Neolithic boat technology using experimental archaeology and relating the boat ranges with settlement locations; the extent of marine resource collection for subsistence and the displacement of materials between islands and mainland are also point of discussion.
In conclusion it is clear that the sea played an important role within the Neolithic cultures with some regions such as eastern Sicily and the Aeolian islands being identified as having a greater inclination towards seafaring.
AUTHOR: Marvin Demicoli
REFEREE: Nicholas Vella
UNIVERSITY: University of Malta. Department of Classic and Archaeology.
DATE OF GRADUATION: 2009
DEGREE: The dissertation is a long essay submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Preparatory Program for Master of Arts in Archaeology.