Journal of Neolithic Archaeology 2022-06-09T16:55:33+02:00 Nils Müller-Scheeßel Open Journal Systems <p>The Journal of Neolithic Archaeology provides a scientific information platform on the archaeology of the Neolithic period. The articles are mainly in German and English, and for all articles English summaries and figure captions are available.</p> <p>The Journal was originally founded in 1999 as a pioneering web-based open access online journal. Since 2003, the Journal has been edited by an international team of archaeologists.</p> <p>This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no publication fee charged.</p> Neolithic house building. Transformations of architectural characteristics in diachronic comparison 2022-03-09T13:48:52+01:00 Christoph Rinne <p>The diachronic quantitative analysis of house construction in the German Central Uplands from the Early Neolithic to the Early Bronze Age on various constructive features shows developments and breaks. For this, known developments from the Early and Middle Neolithic are combined with new knowledge based on recent findings from the Late and Final Neolithic. Besides the often used house area, the post area and its proportion to the house area are highlighted as particularly descriptive properties of change. In detail, it is possible to trace paths of innovations and to outline the missing house constructions of the Late Neolithic on the basis of possible examples.</p> 2022-03-09T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Christoph Rinne Fishing, Weaving, Matting: Debating the Function of Notched Cobbles in Neolithic Greece 2022-06-09T16:55:33+02:00 Anna Stroulia Paschalis Tounas Jérôme Robitaille Areti Hondroyanni-Metoki Zisis Kouziakis Kenneth Wardle Tatiana Theodoropoulou <p>This article focuses on notched cobbles – pieces of stone with indentations on roughly opposite parts of their periphery. While exhibiting a wide geographic and chronological distribution, these simple artefacts have rarely become the subject of systematic archaeological study. In an attempt to address this gap, we discuss the three main hypotheses regarding the functions of these objects (as weights for fishing, weaving or matting) and evaluate the archaeological and ethnographic evidence that is available for each one of them; provide a detailed presentation of the technomorphological characteristics of the material from the Greek Neolithic site of Varemeni Goulon and compare it to that from the neighbouring site of Servia; expand the comparative framework to include other sites from Greece and elsewhere; and finally reconstruct the uses of both the Varemeni and Servia notched cobbles as fishing gear – the hypothesis that emerged as most likely from our survey. If associated with fishing, notched cobbles represent one of the rare components of fish capture technology preserved from Neolithic Greece.</p> 2022-07-15T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Anna Stroulia, Tounas Paschalis, Robitaille Jérôme, Areti Hondroyanni-Metoki, Zisis Kouziakis, Kenneth Wardle, Tatiana Theodoropoulou