The Neolithic Revolution in the Near East
Transforming the Human Landscape
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of Arizona Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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List of Illustrations
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The Neolithic Revolution was a major threshold in human evolution. While opinions maydiverge concerningwhy it happened,where it started, and how it spread, there is no doubt that the ensuing economic changes caused by the establishment of farming communities...
Preface to the Paperback Edition
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I am delighted with the reissue of this volume in paperback. Since the original publication in 2007, I have been honored by the numerous and (generally!) positive reviews that the book has garnered, and I was humbled that it received...
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In writing a summary such as this, it dawned on me on how many people I am grateful to. There is no way that I can begin to include all of them here, but I can offer thanks to many. I always knew I wanted to study archaeology, so even as a freshman at the University of Colorado I immediately became an anthropology...
1. Thirty Years in the Trenches
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I have been doing archaeology for a long time, and much of it has been in the Near East. This book is based on over 30 years of fieldwork there, starting as an undergraduate in 1971 at sites farmore recent than theNeolithic. By 1974, however, I had...
2. Theories on Why People Became Food Producers
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For most of the human experience, humans subsisted on wild resources. Then, at the end of the Pleistocene, some groups took a momentous first step in exercising more control over their food, eventually culminating in the domestication of both plants...
3. Environmental Context
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The Near East, or Southwest Asia, is a huge area, exceeding 5 million km2 (Cressey 1960:3). This region stretches from northeast Africa and Afghanistan, Turkey, and the Arabian coasts, and contains an immense amount of environmental...
4. The Natufian: The First Villagers? - Small Steps with Big Consequences
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The Near Eastern Neolithic had to start somewhere.Most scholars place this threshold as occurring during the Natufian.While explaining the precise why of the Neolithic Revolution is elusive, we do know that at the end of the last ice age, there...
5. A Tumultuos Time: Villagers and Others During the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A
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The PPNA represents the actual beginning of the Neolithic. Until recently, evidence for its very existence was limited to a few sites, but recent excavations have documented many more sites and a wide range of adaptations. Clearly demonstrated now is the...
6. Courses Toward Complexity: Florescence During the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B
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The PPNB is themost-investigated of all theNeolithic periods and represents its florescence in much of the Near East.During the PPNB, several dramatic developments occur, including the definitive domestication of plants and animals, the elaboration...
7. Megasites in Jordan and the End of the PPN
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Recent research in the southern Levant has shown an LPPNB and early PN cultural record east of the Jordan River that differs significantly from that of other regions (Rollefson 1989, 1996; Simmons 1995, 2000). A dramatic realignment of settlement...
8. The Pottery Neolithic and the Beginnings of Regional Cultures
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The incorporation of ceramic technology into material culture marks the beginning of the PN period, sometimes also called the Late Neolithic. In many ways, the addition of ceramics was far less significant than other changes that occurred.While...
9. And on the Islands: The Colonization of Cyprus
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The Mediterranean islands produced some of the most sophisticated ancient cultures in the world, and yet we know relatively little about their early prehistory. Although examining how pristine island environments were colonized is nothing new...
10. The Path to the Present: Genesis and Exodus - The Neolithic Experience
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Throughout this book, I have attempted a narrative expressing the amazing diversity and complexity of the Near Eastern Neolithic.We have examined its genesis during the Natufian, its subsequent development and florescence during the PPNB, and...
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About the Author, Back Cover
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Page Count: 360
Publication Year: 2011