A. Chris Silvester
Department of Archaeology and History, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
Dig It: The Journal of the Flinders Archaeological Society
Volume 3, May 2016
Print: ISSN 1440-2475
Online: ISSN 2203-1898
The Pre-Pottery Neolithic Period (PPNB) of the Levant, from approximately 8600 BC to 7000 BC, is described as a transformative period of village life in terms of social, economic and ideological changes. This is examined across sites from the southern and central Levant, and south-east Anatolia. Social changes are seen in organisation of built space, population pressure and social hierarchy. Economic changes include animal domestication, building construction, craft specialisation and trade. Ideological and ritual changes include clay figurines, burials, skulls, statues and ritual sites. It is important to remain open to new interpretations of the archaeology as fresh evidence becomes available.
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