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The Natufian culture in the Levant, threshold to the origins of agriculture
- O. Bar‐Yosef
The question of why the emergence of farming communities in the Near East was an inevitable outcome of a series of social and economic circumstances that caused the Natufian culture to be considered the threshold for this major evolutionary change is addressed.
States of preservation of bones from prehistoric sites in the Near East: A survey
Abstract A survey of the states of preservation of organic material in 30 fossil bones from 16 different prehistoric sites in the Near East shows that whereas almost all the bones have little or no…
Differential Burning, Recrystallization, and Fragmentation of Archaeological Bone
Abstract This paper presents research on the conditions under which progressive levels of burning may occur to archaeological bone, and how burning damage changes bones' crystal structure and…
The Upper Paleolithic Revolution
- O. Bar‐Yosef
- 1 October 2002
▪ Abstract The transition from the Middle Paleolithic to the Upper Paleolithic is considered one of the major revolutions in the prehistory of humankind. Explanations of the observable archaeological…
From Africa to Eurasia — early dispersals
The archaeological and fossil records demonstrate that Homo erectus was a successful species, and like other successful species it enlarged its geographic distribution at all costs.
The origins of sedentism and farming communities in the Levant
Particular geographic features of the Mediterranean Levant underlie the subsistence patterns and social structures reconstructed from the archaeological remains of Epi-Paleolithic groups. The…
The Faunas of Hayonim Cave, Israel: A 200,000-Year Record of Paleolithic Diet, Demography, and Society
The Faunas of Hayonim Cave, Israel, is a great example of how scientific methods can be utilized to paint a more accurate picture of humanity. Stiner uses highly specialized zooarchaeological…
The Big Deal about Blades: Laminar Technologies and Human Evolution
Despite the rapid expansion of archaeological knowledge of the Paleolithic over the past several decades, some generalized interpretive frameworks inherited from previous generations of researchers…
Early Pottery at 20,000 Years Ago in Xianrendong Cave, China
The dating of the early pottery from Xianrendong Cave, Jiangxi Province, China, and the micromorphology of the stratigraphic contexts of the pottery sherds and radiocarbon samples show that pottery was first made and used 10 millennia or more before the emergence of agriculture.
The Excavations in Kebara Cave, Mt. Carmel [and Comments and Replies]
Resultats des fouilles recentes (1982-90) sur le site du Paleolithique moyen de Kebara, Israel. Synthese de la stratigraphie complexe du site et datation. Description des structures spatiales de…