People in the Lake Mälaren area were on to Neolithisation immediately, with agriculture and stock breeding and pottery and sedentary life, when the package became available around 4000 cal BC. But then they said “oh, screw it” and spent most of the the Middle Neolithic as seal hunters and fishers again. My Stone Age bros Roger Wikell and Mattias Pettersson have descended from their Mesolithic heights (post-glacial land uplift and shore displacement, remember) and are now looking at Middle Neolithic sites in locations that were quite extreme at the time — way, way out in the Baltic. And you had to travel by canoe to get there. The above finds are from a new site M&P discovered
on the Gålö peninsula earlier today! 5000 years old, pottery-making seal hunters of the Pitted Ware culture, you saw them here first. And tomorrow I’m joining the guys out there for some digging.