Neolithic Ashkelon

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This report aims to provide, for the first time, a detailed account of a PPNC site. Two factors give the site unique importance. First, a large horizontal exposure of about eight hundred square meters was achieved. Second, Ashkelon is essentially a single-period settlement, and consequently no mixture with earlier PPNB or later PN finds can have occurred. The extensive excavated area yielded a large sample of flint items, enabling a comprehensive analysis of the industry's technology and typology. The large number of mammal bones provides most of the data on subsistence and sheds light on the beginning of pastoral societies in the Near East. The assemblage of fish bones points to the beginning of intensive exploitation of marine resources. Human remains attest to mortuary practices. Exotic and other imported items indicate long-distance exchange networks. Altogether, the excavation of Ashkelon has brought to light a vivid picture of a PPNC community that lived on the Mediterranean coast some 9000 years ago. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Neolithic Ashkelon
Publisher: Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Institute of Archaeology
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Book Description Jerusalem : Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. xviii, 332 pages : illustrations, maps, plans ; 28 cm. As a result of development work in the Israeli coastal town of Ashkelon, salvage excavations were conducted in 1997 and 1998 in an area in which Neolithic remains had been uncovered in the 1950s by Jean Perrot. The new excavations achieved a horizontal exposure of some 800 square meters and revealed, apart from meager material of the Epi-Paleolithic, Late Chalcolithic, and Roman/Byzantine periods, an extensive occupation dating from the Pre-Pottery Neolithic C. This occupation was characterized by a single wall and numerous pits, hearths and animal bones. The excavated area yielded a large sample of flint items, enabling a comprehensive analysis of the industry. The numerous mammal bones shed light on the rise of pastoral societies in the southern Levant. The assemblage of fish bones points to the beginning of intensive exploitation of marine resources. Human remains attest to mortuary practices. Exotic and other imported items reflect long-distance exchange networks. Altogether, the excavation of Ashkelon has brought to light a vivid picture of a PPNC community that lived on the Mediterranean coast some nine thousand years ago. CONTENTS: Introduction / Yosef Garfinkel -- The chronology of the eight millennium BP / Yosef Garfinkel -- The geological and geomorphological setting of the Ashkelon Neolithic site / Eldad Barzilay -- Expedition organization and excavation methods / Yosef Garfinkel and Angela Davidzon -- The stratigraphy / Yosef Garfinkel, Doron Dag, and Anna Eirikh-Rose -- The Neolithic occupation / Yosef Garfinkel and Doron Dag -- The flint knapping technology / Doron Dag -- The flint tools / Doron Dag -- Comparative analysis of the flint industry / Doron Dag -- Ground stone tools, chipped stone, white ware, a clay installation, and various minerals / Doron Dag and Yosef Garfinkel -- The obsidian / Yosef Garfinkel -- Bone Tools / Paula Wapnish -- Spatial analysis / Doron Dag -- Anthropological and taphonomic analyses of skeletal remains / Marina Faerman and Patricia Smith -- The mammal bones / Brian Hesse and Dolores Rookis -- The Testudines Remains / Gideon Hartman -- The fish bones / Omri Lernau -- Mollusc shells and barnacles / Daniella E. Bar-Yosef Mayer -- Obsidian and pumice findings and their provenance / Jörg Keller, Ernst Pernicka and Kirstin Kasper -- The rise of pastoralism in the southern coastal plain of the Levant / Yosef Garfinkel and Doron Dag. Seller Inventory # PGIES197

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