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Concluding the Neolithic: The Near East in the Second Half of the Seventh Millen

Edited by Arkadiusz Marciniak


The second half of the seventh millennium BC saw the demise of the previously affluent and dynamic Neolithic way of life. The period is marked by significant social and economic transformations of local communities, as manifested in a new spatial organization, patterns of architecture, burial practices, and in chipped stone and pottery manufacture. This volume has three foci. The first concerns the character of these changes in different parts of the Near East with a view to placing them in a broader comparative perspective. The second concerns the social and ideological changes that took place at the end of Neolithic and the beginning of the Chalcolithic that help to explain the disintegration of constitutive principles binding the large centers, the emergence of a new social system, as well as the consequences of this process for the development of full-fledged farming communities in the region and beyond. The third concerns changes in lifeways: subsistence strategies, exploitation of the environment, and, in particular, modes of procurement, consumption, and distribution of different resources

Concluding the Neolithic: The Near East in the Second Half of the Seventh Millen

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    340 pages

    6 x 9 inches

    ISBN 978-1-937040-83-3 (paperback)

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    November 2019

  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Arkadiusz Marciniak


    The Levant and Northern Mesopotamia


    The “8200 Cal BP Cold Event” in the Levant Ofer Bar-Yosef

    Tumultuous Times in the Eighth and Seventh Millennia BC in the Southern Levant Gary Rollefson

    The Nature of the Beast: The Late Neolithic in the Southern Levant A. Nigel Goring-Morris and Anna Belfer-Cohen

    Çatalhöyük and Sha’ar Hagolan: A Tale of Two Cities Yosef Garfunkel

    Transforming the Upper Mesopotamian Landscape in the Late Neolithic Olivier P. Nieuwenhuyse and Peter M. M. G. Akkermans


    Central and Southwestern Anatolia


    A History of the House at Late Neolithic Çatalhöyük Arkadiusz

    The Transition between the East and West Mounds at Çatalhöyük 
around 6000 cal BC: A View from the West Eva Rosenstock, Jana
 Anvari, Ingmar Franz, David Orton, Sonia Ostaptchouk, Elizabeth 
Stroud, and Peter F. Biehl

    Exploring the Culture Landscape of Neolithic Hacılar (6500–6100 BC), Southwestern Turkey Ralf Vandam


    Western and Northwestern Anatolia


    Changing Ideologies in Community-Making through the Neolithic 
Period at Ulucak Özlem Çevik

    Adaptation as a Constante in Early Farming Village Economy: An Eight-Thousand-Year-Old Case Jacob Roodenberg

    An Entanglement Approach to the Neolithic of the Aegean Islands
 Burçin Erdoğu

    Early Farmers in Northwestern Anatolia in the Seventh Millennium Necmi Karul

    Barcın Höyük in Interregional Perspective: An Initial Assessment
 Rana Özbal and Fokke Gerritsen

    Early Farmers in Northwestern Turkey: What Is New? Mehmet Özdoğan


    Subject Index

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