- • Analysis of the relationship between inland and coastal communities
- • Further consideration of the issue of burial traditions
- • A focus on the possibility of waterlogged or submerged sites with enhanced preservation of material and artefacts rarely found elsewhere
‘Subsistence’ – what people ate in the past and how they acquired their food – has long been a primary concern of Mesolithic archaeology. This is sometimes mistakenly taken to imply that Mesolithic archaeologists have limited interest in issues about social organisation and ideology. That is not the case; subsistence behaviour is intimately connected to all aspects of lifestyle in past communities, especially those of hunter-gatherers. Its prioritisation is primarily one of methodological pragmatism rather than of theoretical persuasion.