‘Ain Ghazal

Excavation Reports 2

Evolution of Lithic Economies in the Levantine Neolithic: Development and Demise of Naviform Core Technology, as Seen at ‘Ain Ghazal

L. A. Quintero, editor.

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Excavation Reports 3

Symbols at ‘Ain Ghazal

Denise Schmandt-Besserat, editor.

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bibliotheca neolithica Asiae meridionalis et occidentalis (2013) & Yarmouk University, Monograph of the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology (2013)

Hans Georg K. Gebel and Gary O. Rollefson, editors of the bibliotheca neolithica Asiae meridionalis et occidentalis

(XVI+ 368 pages, 139 figures (including 5 colour illustrations), 38 plates, 3 tables. hardcover – 114 Euro) [ISBN 978-3-944178-03-5]

Contents list cf. below.

Contents

‘Ain Ghazal is a Neolithic site located near Amman, Jordan. It was excavated between 1982 and 1998 by an American-Jordanian team directed by Gary O. Rollefson, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wa. and Zeidan Kafafi, the University of Yarmouk at Irbid, Jordan.

‘Ain Ghazal was first settled about 7250 B.C., during the so-called Pre-Pottery Neolithic B (PPNB) period. In a matter of a few centuries the village of stone houses had spread over 30 acres along the Zarqa River. During a prosperous period when the mixed economy increasingly relied on farming, ca. 7250-6000 B.C., ‘Ain Ghazal witnessed what can be termed an explosion of symbolism. The site was abandoned in the Yarmoukian period ca. 5000 BC. The volume deals with the uniquely rich and varied ‘Ain Ghazal assemblage of symbols including tokens of many shapes, animal and human figurines, modeled human skulls, plaster statues and, mural and floor paintings.

Chapters

Chapter 1. INTRODUCTION
G.O. Rollefson and Z.A. Kafafi The Town of ‘Ain Ghazal
Chapter 2. TOKENS
2.1 H. Iceland Token Finds at Pre-Pottery Neolithic ‘Ain Ghazal. A Formal and Technological Analysis
2.2 D. Schmandt-Besserat Tokens and Writing: The Cognitive Development
Chapter 3. ANIMAL FIGURINES
D. Schmandt-Besserat Animal Figurines
Chapter 4. HUMAN FIGURINES
D. Schmandt-Besserat The Human Clay Figurines and Ancient Near Eastern Magic
Chapter 5. STONE STATUETTE
D. Schmandt-Besserat A Stone Metaphor of Creation
Chapter 6. MODELED AND DECORATED HUMAN SKULLS
6.1 C.A. Grissom and Patricia S. Griffin Three Plaster Faces
6.2 D. Schmandt-Besserat The Plastered Skulls
Chapter 7. THE STATUARY
7.1 C.A. Grissom Statue Cache 2
7.2 D. Schmandt-Besserat ‘Ain Ghazal “Monumental” Figures: A Stylistic Analysis
Chapter 8. PAINTINGS
D. Schmandt-Besserat Murals and Floor Paintings at ‘Ain Ghazal
Chapter 9. STANDING STONES
Z.A. Kafafi Standing Stones of the Neolithic Village of ‘Ain Ghazal
Chapter 10. CONCLUSION
D. Schmandt-Besserat Neolithic Symbolism at ‘Ain Ghazal

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