Neolithization Processes in the Levant

  title={Neolithization Processes in the Levant},
  author={A. N. Goring-Morris and A. Belfer-Cohen},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={S195 - S208}
The Near East is one of those unique places where the transition(s) from hunter-gatherers to farmers occurred locally, so it is possible to observe the whole sequence of these processes within the region as a whole. We discuss the archaeological evidence pertaining to those transformations within the Levant, presenting the particularistic local changes in settlement patterns and the character of the different communities juxtaposed with the landscapes and environmental background. The… Expand
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