Farming, Herding, and the Transformation of Human Landscapes in Southwestern Asia

Authored by: Ofer Bar-Yosef

Handbook of Landscape Archaeology

Print publication date:  December  2008
Online publication date:  June  2016

Print ISBN: 9781598742947
eBook ISBN: 9781315427737
Adobe ISBN: 9781315427720

10.4324/9781315427737.ch32

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Abstract

This paper explores the changes in settlement patterns caused by the Neolithic Revolution, as well as the perception of landscape of various communities as much as it is expressed in the archaeo-logical records. For this purpose, we need to examine differences between cultural markers of terminal Pleistocene foragers and those that stem from the evolution of agropastoral societies. The case examined here concerns a particular region within southwestern Asia known as the Levant. It is dealt with in its widest geographic definition that includes portions of northern Mesopotamia.

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