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Early Neolithic Population Dynamics in Eastern Balkans and the Great Hungarian Plain

Blagojević, Tamara; Porčić, Marko; Penezić, Kristina; Stefanović, Sofija

In this study, we reconstruct population dynamics in the Early Neolithic of the Eastern
Balkans and the Great Hungarian Plain using frequency of radiocarbon dates as a population proxy.
The method of summed calibrated radiocarbon probability distributions is applied to a set of dates
recently published in Bulgaria and Hungary. The aim is to test the hypothesis of the Neolithic demographic
transition (NDT) in these regions and to compare the patterns between these two and
neighbouring regions. The results show that episodes of population growth occurred in both regions,
which is in partial agreement with the predictions of the NDT theory. Population growth is detected,
but it is followed by a bust, rather than stabilisation as predicted for the second phase of the NDT.

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