The Early Prehistory of Wadi Faynan, Southern Jordan: Archaeological Survey of Wadis Faynan, Ghuwayr and Al Bustan and Evaluation of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A Site of WF16 [Hardback]

Bill Finlayson (Author); Steven Mithen (Author)

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ISBN: 9781842172124 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: Levant Supplementary Series | Volume: 4 | Year of Publication: 2007 | Language: English 640p, H297 x W210 (mm) 374 b/w illus, 133 tables,

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The Early Prehistory of Wadi Faynan, Southern Jordan


This edited volume provides a full report on the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A site of WF16, southern Jordan. Very few sites of PPNA date have been excavated using modern methods, so this report makes a very significant contribution to our understanding of this period. Excavations have shown that the site contains a highly dynamic use of architecture, and the faunal assemblage reveals new information on the processes that lead to the domestication of the goat.

Table of Contents

Introduction (Bill Finlayson); Part 1. Early Prehistory Landscape Archaeology of Wadi Faynan Long-term landscape evolution of Wadis Dana, Faynan and Ghuwayr (Richard Tipping); The archaeological survey of Wadis Faynan, Ghuwayr and Al Bustan (Steven Mithen, Bill Finlayson and Anne Pirie); Rock art at WF400 (Suzie Pinkett); A comparartive study of bifaces from Wadis Faynan and Al Bustan (Eileen Clegg); Part 2. The Pre-Pottery Neolithic A Site of WF16 Excavations at WF16 (Bill Finlayson and Steven Mithen); The soil microstratigraphy (Eleanor Roe); The chipped stone (Anne Pirie); The microwear of pointed chipped stone artefacts (Sam Smith); The worked bone (Bill Finlayson); The ground stone (Ruth Shaffrey); The stone beads (Pat Critchley); The marine shells and artefacts (Ruby Ceron-Carrasoc); A bitumen deposit (Karen Wicks); The mammal bones (Denise Carruthers); The small mammal bones (Louise Martin and Yvonne Edwards); The bird bones (Kevin Rielly); The human bones (Charlotte Roberts); The wood charcoal (Phil Austin); The plant macrofossils (Amanda Kennedy); The modern vegetation of Wadi Ghuwayr and its palaeoenvironmental implications (Neil Lancaster, Helen Emberson and Steven Mithen); Geophysical survey at WF16 (Tim Austin) The settlement of WF16 and the PPNA in the southern Levant (Bill Finlayson and Steven Mithen).

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