Concluding the Neolithic
The Near East in the Second Half of the Seventh Millennium BCE
Edited by Arkadiusz Marciniak
The second half of the seventh millennium BC saw the end of the previously affluent and dynamic Neolithic way of life. The period marks significant social and economic transformations of local communities, as manifested in new patterns of architecture and burial practices as well as in chipped stone and pottery manufacture.
This volume looks at these issues in the context of the ancient Near East. Changes in different parts of the Near East to putting developments in major areas of the Neolithic occupation into a broader comparative perspective.
Social and ideological changes taking place at the end of Neolithic and the beginning of the Chalcolithic periods. Considering these changes, it is possible to explain the emergence of a new social system, as well as consequences of this process for the development of full-fledged farming communities in the region and beyond.
Changes in subsistence strategies, exploitation of the environment, modes of procurement, consumption, and distribution of different resources.
Arkadiusz Marciniak is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Poznan, Poland and Professor at Faculty of Education, Humanities & Law, School of Humanities and Creative Arts, Flinders University, Australia. Publications include Placing Animals in the Neolithic. Social Zooarchaeology of Prehistoric Farming Communities (UCL, 2005) and Grahame Clark and His Legacy (with John Coles; 2010).
New Titles List
Material Culture of the Ancient Near East
- Concluding the Neolithic - The Near East in the Second Half of the Seventh Millennium BCE
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